Today is Cinco de Mayo: Learn about this Celebration of Mexican Culture

Today, May 5, is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrating the day Mexico defeated France in the Battle of Puebla during the France-Mexican War on May 5, 1862.

While Cinco de Mayo is a big deal celebration of Mexican culture across the United States, the holiday is not even a federal holiday in Mexico.  

Read this article to learn more about Cinco de Mayo. 

Many people mistakenly believe Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day (that holiday will be  September 16, 2021, when Mexico celebrates its 1810 independence from Spain).

If you are looking for Cinco de Mayo food freebies, discounts on margaritas and more at restaurants, check out this article that appeared today on 

Cinco de Mayo books available at the Central Library

Members of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, including the Birmingham Public Library, have several books and DVDs about Cinco de Mayo available for checkout. 

The Central Library's Youth Department on the second floor also has books written in Spanish and other languages available for checkout.