Cinco de Mayo is a vastly popular celebration of Mexican heritage each May. It is the perfect occasion for planning a trip to one of the annual events held in honor of this holiday.
Learn more about this holiday as well as where the biggest celebrations are so you can start planning your Cinco de Mayo trip today!
History of Cinco de Mayo
While many believe that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican independence, that is not the case. Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1810.
Their Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th each year.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It began in 1861 when President Benito Juarez declared a temporary hold on repayment of foreign debts due to an economic crisis.
This did not settle well with the English, Spanish and French. Napoleon III of France sent his cousin, Maximilian of Hapsburg to Mexico along with French troops to invade the country.
On May 5, 1862 under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza, he and a small army defeated the French troops in Puebla. The city is now known as Puebla de Zaragoza.
Denver, Colorado hosts another of the most popular Cinco de Mayo celebrations each year. This popular festival has musical entertainment, chihuahua races, taco eating contests, and more!
The lowrider car show is one of the festival’s most popular events.
The Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival was first produced in 1988, as a neighborhood street fair to showcase Mexican heritage while promoting the economic turnaround of the neighborhoods along the Santa Fe Drive corridor.
By 1995, the festival had outgrown its location and moved a few blocks to Denver’s Historic Civic Center Park where it took its place among Colorado’s top four outdoor food and entertainment events. –Cinco de Mayo Denver
These are just a few of the countless celebrations held across the US each year to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. Plan a Cinco de Mayo trip today! For more Hispanic travel inspiration explore