• The day is finally here, Cinco De Mayo. Though many commonly associate the day as “Mexican Independence Day,” Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Second Federal Republic of Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War. An inspirational victory, the Battle of Puebla became a shining beacon of hope to the Mexican Republic and a stunning tale of bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.

    Thanks to America’s proud history of immigration, the holiday has become a US holiday honoring Mexican heritage and celebrating a small rebel force going up against an evil empire. So much so that in 2005 a concurrent resolution was made by Congress calling upon the people of the United States to “observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

    While many people might take this declaration to mean celebrating the day by wearing a sombrero while downing Tacate infused Tequilla shots and stubbornly listening to mariachi music, we think that you should celebrate the day in a way that your stomach and head will thank you the next morning.  For just $5 dollars, you can celebrate the day at Cinco de Mayo at Pepita Cantina. Located in Arlington, Pepita Cantina’s Mexican celebration will have piñatas, dancing, drinks and muy especial suckling pig tacos.  Relax with some mezcal laced cocktails and experimental margaritas, and enjoy an unlimited supply of chips and salsa.

    If you don’t have time to make it over to Arlington, then instead head over to Oyamel and check out their Cinco De Mayo happy hour specials, antojitos, buckets full of Mexican cervezas and their ever-popular Raspberry Jalapeno margaritas.

    No matter how you celebrate the day, just for the love of God don’t end up like these guys.

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    Written by Kevin Marchand Photography by DJ Akisanya