If you’re looking for a place to party on Cinco de Mayo, you’ve come to the right place. While many people believe that May 5th is the anniversary of Mexican independence, they’re quite mistaken (Mexican Independence Day is September 16). Nevertheless, Cinco de Mayo is a time to recognize the bravery of those who fight against oppression, and here in America, there are many great venues to celebrate. Take a look at a few of the best spots below.
5. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is one of the most enjoyable cities to experience Cinco de Mayo in, with festivities centered in the Mission neighborhood at Mission Dolores Park. The celebration takes place on Valencia Street between 21st and 24th Streets, and it features plenty of dancing, food, and free entertainment.
4. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago offers a true celebration of South-of-the-border culture for Cinco de Mayo, hosting a three-day festival held in the Little Village neighborhood – the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community. Live music, food, activities, arts & crafts, and plenty of fun for the whole family is awaiting you in Chicago. If you love live music, Chicago might just be the best place to experience Cinco de Mayo in the US.
3. Phoenix, Arizona
Unlike some of the other cities on this list, in Phoenix Cinco de Mayo is celebrated at many locations. From Scottsdale to Chandler, there are hundreds of booths, performances, and even a chihuahua race to enjoy (it’s amazing). Patriots Square Park in downtown is a must visit if you’re in town, along with some of the dancing and other festivities in Mesa.
2. San Antonio, Texas
Head to Market Square for the best Cinco de Mayo festival in Texas. San Antonio’s festival draws upwards of 50,000 visitors every year, with festivities including Mariachis, Tejano and Conjunto music groups, Folklorico dancers, arts & crafts, concerts, and plenty of delicious foods to snack on. Bring your appetite.
1. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles hosts one of the busiest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country, featuring a multi-day festival known as Fiesta Broadway. The party keeps going at one of the city’s oldest areas at the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, where visitors can dance the night away while enjoying some of the best Mexican food on this side of the border. If you have to pick one place to visit on Cinco de Mayo, pick Los Angeles.