This year on Cinco de Mayo, many symbolic places in the United States are celebrating not only the food and drinks of Mexico but also its rich culture and history. While Americans usually commemorate the holiday by indulging in Mexican food and margaritas, the day actually marks an imperative landmark in the history of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo represents the day of the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican military forces fought and won against the imposing French army on May 5, 1862.
One of the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is at the Misión San Antonio de Valero in San Antonio, Texas. The Misión San Antonio de Valero in San Antonio is also referred to as the Alamo for its emblematic role in Mexico’s revolutionary and defining history. The Market Square is a perfect place to visit on Cinco de Mayo for its diverse array of Mexican markets containing jewelry, clothes, mariachi music, art, and food.
Another festive place to visit on Cinco de Mayo is Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This location holds a significant place in Mexican history  as well. It is known as the first Spanish settlement on the western coast of the United States during the times of colonization. When Mexico fought for independence from the ruling forces of Spain, they marched upon and claimed the downtown part of San Diego. In addition to the apparent cultural importance of the whole area in Mexican history, today individuals can visit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The Center celebrates the different aspects of Mexico’s changing culture and people.
Other landmarks of Mexico’s influence in the United States include Pueblo in Colorado and the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park in Arizona. However, a colorfully quaint and virtually hidden street in downtown Los Angeles called Olvera Street might prove to be one of the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo if you find yourself on the west coast. Olvera Street  is home to many brick restaurants, charming shops, and authentic Mexican carts selling vibrant products and novelties straight from Mexico. The street is full of life and vigor, especially on Cinco de Mayo.