Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for the “Fifth of May”, is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Mexican victory against French forces on May 5, 1862. The holiday is widely celebrated in the United States of America, more so than in Mexico itself. People should not confuse this holiday with Mexico’s Independence Day, which takes place on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is a fun and exciting holiday to celebrate with the family or at a public event. If you choose not to celebrate at home, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, 4th Street in Santa Ana, and Virginia Park in Santa Monica all have public activities for this holiday.
Many families get together and make Mexican food and play Mexican music. On the historic site, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities take place. At Virginia Park in Santa Monica, mariachis, a salsa band, folklorico dancers, and children’s crafts will all be on-site with classic, vintage, muscle cars, low riders, trucks and specialty vehicles. Santa Ana has the largest Mexican-American community in Orange County. On the city’s 4th Street, a two-day festival is held with carnival rides, games, music, dance and lots of food. With food, and entertainment for people of all ages, you can be sure that Cinco de Mayo will be enjoyed by the whole family!