Contrary to what most people think, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. According to Wikipedia (the most credible source on the internet), Cinco de Mayo is “celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico primarily in the state of Puebla where the holiday is called El Dia de La Batalla de Puebla (The day of the Battle of Puebla). Here in the United States we use this day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. In Mexico they celebrate a victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.
Whatever reason you want to use to celebrate, there are many things to do here locally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here is our guide to Cinco de Mayo 2013:
- Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2013: Get tickets and head on over to the parking lot #3 on Ionia. They will have live music, great food, a wild wings eating contest, and piñata prizes. For tickets and information go here. Please note: This is held on May 4th from 12-10pm.
- Bring your kids to the library to learn all about and celebrate Cinco de Mayo! There will be a performance by Grupo Tarasco, refreshments, and a craft for the kids. For information visit the Grand Rapids Public library website here.
- Head on over to the Beltline bar where WLAV will be broadcasting live on May 5th. Get your fill of authentic Mexican food and drinks to celebrate!
- Learn to Cook an authentic Mexican cuisine. The Family Fare in Grandville is having a cooking class and tasting. Must be 21 to register, this class will be having a beer tasting along with a bunch of delicious sounding Mexican dishes. Click here to get more information.
- Make your own margaritas! Try this delicious Papaya Margarita recipe!
Cinco de Mayo is a great reason to celebrate in Grand Rapids. If you haven’t ever celebrated this holiday before, get out there and try something new! Grand Rapids is such a great place to live, especially during holidays. So get out there and celebrate!