While it is not Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla and throughout much of the United States. This day actually commemorates the Mexican army’s victor over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1962.
The state of California may have actually led the rest of the country in celebrating this holiday back in the late 1800s. Now however, remembering Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular all along the US – Mexico border and parts of the country that have high populations of people with Mexican heritage. The focus of this days shines on Mexican culture and customs, food, beverages, music, and the individuals that make up this dynamic group of people. In fact, with the way we American’s do things, Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is to the south.
Laura Huckabee / Meteorologist