Cinco de Mayo

Ever wonder why May 5th is celebrated in the U.S. and Mexico? Well there is much more to the holiday then just eating tacos, chips and salsa. In case your Spanish is a little rusty, Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the Fifth of May. Make sure you are up to date on the history of Cinco de Mayo and the various ways to have fun and celebrate this unique holiday!



This holiday commemorates the victory of the Mexican army’s 1862 win over France. This battle took place at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War and it celebrates an unexpected victory. The Mexican army was much smaller and less equipped then the French army, but still won the battle.

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Fun Facts

  • Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Instead, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16th.
  • Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo, according to the California Avocado Commission. Holy guacamole!
  • The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the USA takes places in Los Angeles, California.
  • Vancouver Canada holds an annual Cinco de Mayo skydiving event.
  • Each year, Chandler Arizona holds a parade and Chihuahua race where a King and Queen Chihuahua are crowned.

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Throw a Party

The best way to celebrate is by throwing a fiesta! Invite your friends, hang some decorations and serve yummy food. Play music and have games for your guests to enjoy. In order to throw a ‘smashin’ party, have a piñata filled with candy for your guests to enjoy. Make your own awesome donkey piñata by following these simple instructions.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival

No matter where you are, you can find local activities that celebrate Cinco de Mayo. You can celebrate by watching a parade, making crafts, or even learning a dance. Make sure to look up the closest location near you that is having a Cinco de Mayo festival. For those of you living in the Rexburg area, Idaho Falls is having a Cinco de Mayo festival at Tautphaus Park on May 7th. There you can enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food, and folkloric dances from 11am-7pm.

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Make Food

You can’t throw a party without food! Make sure you have a variety of food that your guests can eat. Whether you make guacamole, tacos or salsa; make sure your friends come hungry and leave happy! Finger foods go over great at every party! Try making these simple individual 7 layer dips. That way you can have fun and eat food at the same time!

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