Cinco de Mayo, Mexican holiday celebrated on May 5 is the celebration of the defeat of Napoleon III in Mexico. The French army attempted to invade Mexico with over 14,000 troops. The Mexican army with only 4,000 men defeated Napoleon III and kept their land and freedom by winning the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

The day is celebrated in the U.S for many reasons, including keeping the French from supplying the Confederate Army with more goods and ammunition.  The day also celebrates Mexico keeping Independence.  However, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day; that falls on September 16.

Here are some quotes to celebrate this Mexican holiday!

1.     “Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.” –Joe Baca

2.     “Latinos have fought in al of America’s wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War. Many Latinos are fighting and dying for our country today in Iraq, just as several of their ancestors fought for freedom in Mexico over a century ago.” –Joe Baca

3.     “Cinco de Mayo has to be one of the best holidays in the world. Burritos, tacos, and beer, is there anything better?”

4.     “Mexican heritage is one of the strongest in the world.”

5.     “Let’s celebrate Uno, Dos, Tres, and Cuatro de Mayo just like it’s Cinco de Mayo.” –Unknown

6.     “Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to cinco de mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day.” –Joe Baca