The Fox Cities may not have a big event for Cinco de Mayo but since it falls on a weekend it makes for a great excuse to do a day trip! Taking the time to appreciate and learn more about another culture is so important in the world we live in today.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration, commemorating the day that the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War. While it is a small holiday in Mexico, it has become a symbol in the United States that any use to celebrate Mexican heritage.
While the holiday is one of the most well known in the United States, there are many incorrect misconceptions about it:
- Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day! Mexican Independence Day is actually on September 16th.
- It is not celebrated largely in Mexico – the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in Los Angeles, California.
What is typically done in the U.S. to celebrate?
- Events to attend
Two cities which have multiple Cinco de Mayo events are Madison, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Explore these two EventBrite pages to see which event you are most interested in attending!
Important things to remember:
Remember that as guests experiencing another culture that is not ours, we have to be respectful of everything going on. Do not be afraid to ask questions, and do not make assumptions. This is an incredible learning opportunity to bring us closer together and learn from one another. Let us celebrate our differences and the pieces of our cultures that make us both unique and similar!