Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo here in the U.S.? That was between Mexico and France. The U.S. had nothing to do with it.

Do they celebrate San Jacinto Day there?

Jim Benz



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Steve Fouga

Most of us celebrate it in the same sense, and for the same reason, that we celebrate St Patrick’s Day: because it’s fun to “celebrate.” Plus, many Mexican nationals and people of Mexican heritage live here.

So there’s two reasons.

Carlos Ponce

"Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo here in the U.S.?"
It was a promotion gimmick to sell more Corona beer in the 1980s.
Cinco de Mayo is not a National Holiday in Mexico but a regional one celebrated around Puebla where the battle was fought.
We don't celebrate Von Steuben Day in Texas. "Von Steuben Day is a holiday traditionally held on a weekend in mid-September celebrating the Prussian-born Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who arrived in the United States as a volunteer offering his services to General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. " - Wiki
Never heard of Von Steuben Day? Think about the parade in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" which occurs in the Chicago area.

Ron Woody

Any and all references to Ferris Bueller is a great way to educate and end a letter!

Great information Carlos!


Bailey Jones

Who cares why? My family has been celebrating it at least since the 70s when my dad married into a Mexican-American family. And why the hate? Bastille Day is celebrated in 150 cities in the US. St Patrick's Day? Mardi Gras? I say leave people alone and let them celebrate their heritage, or enjoy celebrating someone else's.

Carlos Ponce

Must be a family tradition, part of your family's "heritage". Not mine. My mother grew up in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Dad was born in Ojuelos, Jalisco. Neither side of the family celebrated Cinco de Mayo. It's a regional holiday, not a national holiday in Mexico. I never heard of it until Corona Cerveza made it into a promotion to sell their beer in the 1980s. I did know and hear about "16 de Septiembre" [September 16] - Mexican Independence Day.
There is no "hate".
My visiting "primos"[cousins] were confused asking, "¿Por qué celebran el cinco de mayo? No lo celebramos mucho en México." [Why do they celebrate cinco de mayo here? We don't back home.]
Texans can all celebrate Texas Independence Day (March 2) . In my youth it was celebrated in Texas City schools. Now it is largely ignored. Why? It is not PC to celebrate Texas.[innocent]

Bailey Jones

My step mom was born in Dallas, her mother was born in Oklahoma, her mother's parents came from Mexico back in the free wheeling open border days, as transient farm labor - I don't know from where. It was a big deal in Dallas, for whatever reason. Probably like most holidays, a reason to have a party in the park. If nothing else, it gives Anglos a reason to discover that Mexico once had an emperor. And then there's the tamales...

Carlos Ponce

" I don't know from where."
Try ancestry.com

Jim Forsythe

It all depends on what part of the USA you are from on how you celebrate different holidays. One example, when I was growing up, on May 1st we delivered May baskets on the front-door of friends.
Von Steuben Day is mostly on the East coast but even in this area sometime we do things on that day. von Steuben Day Regatta : Sea Star Base Galveston, September 17 - 18, 2016

The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world in California. Unless you were born in that area you may not have know that it is a big deal. The Chicano Movement gave it a big boost in popularity in California .
The origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on that day first started in California in 1863 in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico."Far up in the gold country town of Columbia (now Columbia State Park) Mexican miners were so overjoyed at the news that they spontaneously fired off rifle shots and fireworks, sang patriotic songs and made impromptu speeches."
It has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico." TIME magazine reports that "Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano Movement." The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the 1980s in those areas. It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations,

Casey Alan

Let’s not forget about Oktoberfest

Gary Miller

Cinco de Mayo is an American Holiday. Mexicans are Americans. Mexico is part of north America. Canadiens are also Americans. A lot of Holidays are just excuses to sell something.

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