On May 5, 1882, United States forces aided the Mexican army, led by Texas-born General Zaragosa, in defeating French invaders. Traditionally seen as a Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the union of two countries to defeat a common foe.
The United States, in helping Mexico retain its independence, gained an ally that was eager to help fight with Americans during World World II. Thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to fight along-side their new friends. So while Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, it is also widely celebrated in the United States.
And even though we can’t claim it officially as ours, it’s one of those fun holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, that we don’t want to miss!