Today in America, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday that commemorates Mexican culture and heritage. Some confuse Cinco de Mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day (which is September 16th), but actually it is the day that the outnumbered Mexican Army defeated the French military at Puebla de Los Angeles (currently known as Zaragoza after General Zaragoza who led them during the battle) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. The Mexicans lost the Franco-Mexican War, but the unlikely victory of this single battle became a symbol of resistance to Mexico. The holiday started as an American tradition when President Franklin Roosevelt was trying to improve relations with Latin American Countries in 1933 and President George W. Bush made it a national holiday in 2005.
Many Americans and Mexican-Americans celebrate this holiday by drinking sangria or margaritas, and enjoying delicious Mexican foods. Castillo Law wishes everyone a safe Cinco de Mayo, but we invite you to consider the holiday without partying as a way to stay safe and avoid criminal charges. Here are cinco (five – get it?) ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo sans tequila:
- Take a hike through one of Arizona’s beautiful trails (be sure to carry plenty of agua)
- Have a family picnic at the park
- Go to Phoenix Zoo with friends or family
- Cheer on the Arizona Diamondbacks as they take on the Houston Astros at Chase Field
- Attend the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival on Sunday, May 6 (Macayo’s is planning to build and serve a 125-foot burrito!!)
If your celebration does include alcohol this year, remember to think before you drink! If you or someone you know is charged with criminal allegations this Cinco de Mayo, we are here 24/7 to help you at 480-206-5204!