Sunday 24 September 2017
(Week 39)

Cinco de Mayo 2018, 2019 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Cinco de Mayo 2018 and Cinco de Mayo 2019.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
May 5, 2017 Cinco de Mayo 2017 Friday
May 5, 2018 Cinco de Mayo 2018 Saturday
May 5, 2019 Cinco de Mayo 2019 Sunday
May 5, 2020 Cinco de Mayo 2020 Tuesday
May 5, 2021 Cinco de Mayo 2021 Wednesday
May 5, 2022 Cinco de Mayo 2022 Thursday
May 5, 2023 Cinco de Mayo 2023 Friday
May 5, 2024 Cinco de Mayo 2024 Sunday
May 5, 2025 Cinco de Mayo 2025 Monday
May 5, 2026 Cinco de Mayo 2026 Tuesday
May 5, 2027 Cinco de Mayo 2027 Wednesday

Significance of Cinco de Mayo 2018

Cinco de Mayo 2018 is a celebration that is observed, yearly, on May 5. It is a day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory, on May 5, 1862, over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States Cinco de Mayo 2018 has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture but should not be confused with Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16.

History of Cinco de Mayo

The history of Cinco de Mayo 2018 dates back to 1861 when the Benito Juárez became the president of Mexico. Due to the financial turmoil that Mexico was in, Benito Juárez was forced to default on his debts to European governments and in response to this France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III decided to use the opportunity as an attempt to make a dependent empire out of Mexican territory.

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat. Consequently, 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. President Juárez then rounded up a force of 2,000 men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla to fight against the French.

On May 5, 1862, the battle between Mexico and France lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash. Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French; this defeat represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government. It should be noted that Cinco de Mayo 2018 is not the anniversary of the defeat and expulsion of the French forces by the Mexicans, which occurred in 1867 when the French withdrew from Mexico.

Traditions of Cinco de Mayo 2018

Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo 2018 is seen as a time of celebration and pride. Although this day is not a federal holiday in the United States, many cities (especially those in the South-west) hold local parades and celebrations. Additionally, many people hang up banners and schools organize lessons and special events to educate their pupils about the culture and history of Americans of Mexican descent.

When is Cinco de Mayo 2018

Cinco de Mayo 2018 falls on the on May 5, annually. The date of the Holiday remains the same each year but the day of the week on which it falls on changes; consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Cinco de Mayo' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.