Whether you are actually celebrating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla … or just looking for an excuse to eat tacos and have a margarita and a few cervezas, there are plenty of free celebrations going on around the country Saturday for Cinco de Mayo. On the 150th anniversary of the battle, the celebrations are sure to be crazier than ever, so don’t miss out! Check out a few of our picks for great, free celebrations:
Yes — Omaha! The Nebraska celebration includes the coronation of a queen, concerts, carnival games, rides and, of course, Mexican food!
The annual celebration in Denver is one of the biggest (believe it or not!), with almost 400,000 people joining in the celebrations over the past few years. Admission to Civic Center Park is free, and attendees can enjoy the traditional Mexican music played by various mariachi bands, taste Mexican tamales and tacos, and participate in the Green Chili Bowl Cook-Off.
Douglas Park in Chicago hosts another large (and free!) celebration. The music, food, carnival and other festivities culminate in a huge parade on Sunday that leads right to the festival grounds.
The annual family- friendly festival in San Francisco’s Dolores Park always draws a crowd. Watch dancers dressed in brightly-colored traditional garb perform Mexican folk dances, listen to Latin music, and perfect your salsa-dancing skills.
No matter where you live, chances are that there’s a free Cinco de Mayo celebration calling your name. So grab your sombrero and maracas, mix yourself a margarita, and be sure to take advantage of the free events this weekend!