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Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's hard victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

Today - May 5 - is Cinco de Mayo. The victory provided a significant morale boost to the Mexican people and came to serve as a symbol of the country's spirit and perseverance.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is observed with political speeches and battle re-enactments.

Fernando Mendez, General Manager of The Taco Stand, says they have a family-friendly place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

The provincial government is acknowledging one of Mexico's national holidays. The French retreated though it would take six more years - and more battles - to convince the French to exit Mexico.

For those who believe Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, you're mistaken. The celebration spread as Hispanic culture grew in the US, getting a commercial boost in the 1980s when restaurants and bars began cashing in on the event.

Most people in the USA mistake Cinco de Mayo as Mexico's Independence Day and think it's reason enough to throw on a serape, don a sombrero and become the Mexican caricature best executed by insensitive frat brothers, tasteless Halloween revelers and millions of people whose "friend is Mexican, so it's cool". Whether people know that history or not (you should, it's fascinating), here in the U.S. the holiday is widely seen as a welcome chance to savor Mexican cuisine paired with tequila, mezcal, and Mexican beers.

Despite the holiday's popularity in the United States, many don't know what they're actually celebrating.