Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrating an unlikely military victory over an invading French army in 1862. Since the victory, no European nation has invaded any country in the Americas. Often mistaken as Mexico's day of national independence, the holiday has spread through the United States, providing an opportunity for Americans to enjoy anything and everything with Mexican ties. From delicious cuisine to national libations, people across the country will be diving into Mexican culture this week.
Headed out to celebrate the holiday yourself? We've got a few tips to celebrate safely and in style.
Throw on a music playlist!
Looking to get in the mood for this festive holiday? You're going to need some authentic Mexican music. Check out the playlist that we dug up on Spotify below. Expand your cultural boundaries for a few minutes with some of these hits. Violins, guitars, and even some brass flood this group of traditional Mexican party music. Turn this playlist all the way up and float away to Mexico City.
Make a dinner reservation!
Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year. Celebrate the holiday and the end of the week by having a meal out. OpenTable allows users to search for great restaurants, read reviews, and book reservations, all from your phone or desktop. They've conglomerated the best list of Mexican restaurants in each city. Book a reservation ahead of time from within the app for an easy, seamless restaurant experience.
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Staying home? You're gonna need some guacamole.
You know who has the best guacamole? Let's admit it, Chipotle Mexican Grille has the best guacamole. We tracked down a step-by-step video showing you how to do it.
Headed out? Drive smart, or use Uber!
On a holiday like Cinco de Mayo, safety comes first. Make sure to pick a designated driver to get you home safely. Here are some keys to success for designated drivers and their passengers:
- No alcohol, at all. Set a hard barrier of staying completely sober, even one drink sets you on a dangerous path. You're responsible for the safety of your crew, that's nothing to play with.
- Lay some ground rules: Seat belts, a meeting point, and a firm passenger list.
- Reserve parking: nothing's worse than a car packed with friends read to have a good time, only to have nowhere to park.
- Have fun: don't confuse responsibility with boredom, you can still have a great night out.
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