• The music of Cinco de Mayo is made for a party.

    The music of Cinco de Mayo is made for a party.

Many people believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s equivalent of Independence Day, but that’s not actually the case. In 1861, Mexico was invaded by France, Great Britain and Spain. Eventually, the battle was between Mexico and France only. And when Mexico was victorious, they decided that the 5th of May would go down in history as a day to celebrate all things Mexican.

Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful celebration, which is acknowledged in the USA by the large Mexican-American community there. When road tripping through the great land, the border states of Texas and New Mexico offer the perfect backdrop to enjoy the festivities.

Cinco de Mayo in Texas

As Texas borders with Mexico, their culture is greatly influenced by their Latino neighbour. There are plenty of colourful and exciting celebrations to take part in when you’re driving through the USA’s largest state.


If you’re driving through Austin, make sure you join its two day celebration- it’s a real fiesta – which is especially fitting as it takes place at the Fiesta Gardens! This is the perfect location for a party, with a large patio, bandstand and lagoon. It’s located right by the shores of Town Lake. Dance the night away to Tejano bands, and discover the delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to the party, so it’s a great way to meet new people and learn about the fascinating Mexican culture.

San Antonio

Be one of the 50,000 who join the foot-stomping party at San Antonio. Try your hand at arts and crafts, and be wowed by the performances by the residents of this beautiful city. It’s a great day out for the family, so bring your little ones along.

Cinco de Mayo in New Mexico

Perhaps one of the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo outside of Mexico is in New Mexico! The desert state provides a great backdrop to the bright colours, flamboyant clothes and loud music.


For Cinco de Mayo, Albuquerque’s Folk Art Festival pitches up in town. Head to La Parada Mercantile, Los Ranchos, for a great celebration. La Parada Mercantile is a fun and friendly place to shop and eat. Based in Los Ranchos, known locally as ‘The Village’, is in the North Valley of Beralillo County.

Head down on Cinco de Mayo to celebrate with recycled art artists, jewellery makers and other creative souls are there to show you their innovative art. Musicians are also on hand to ensure you’re dancing in the streets.


The celebrations continue in Socorro, a picturesque town located a short drive south of Albuquerque. Their evening party takes place in Sedillo Park, and for those interested in the ‘Other Side’, make sure you visit the Spirit Tent! Create some beautiful arts and crafts, dance the night away and dine on the heavenly Mexican cuisine.

Where to Find the Best Margaritas

Sadly, if you’re a designated driver you won’t be able to partake in a sharp and salty Margarita. Lucky passengers, however, read on!


You won’t be stuck for choice when you are on the hunt for a marvellous Margarita in Austin.

Don’t feel you have to stick to the traditional salt ‘n’ lime Margarita, mix it up a little! In the heart of Austin’s vibrant East 7th Street, Takoba have a mouth-watering mango and habanero syrup cocktail that’s guaranteed to wake you up! The owners of Takoba grew up in rural Mexico, and are known for their fresh and local ingredients. Come for the Margaritas, stay for the authentic Mexican dishes.

San Antonio

There are so many delicious Margaritas to choose from in San Antonio. La Gloria has six to choose from, including the tasty Prickly Pear. When you visit, make sure you snap a photo of the skeletal gentlemen sitting out front. Find La Gloria at 100   East Grayson
San Antonio, off the 281.

For a real change of direction, Bar 1919’s margarita is up there with the best! The True Azul uses peppers, honey and a secret ingredient. All of which makes a cocktail you’ll want to write home about. Head to the aptly named South Alamo Street, right by the San Antonio River.


The ideal Margarita in Albuquerque will not only taste delicious, but will allow you to take in your glorious surroundings. Head to the Apothecary Lounge and look down on the city from the rooftop bar. For a Margarita with a British twist, try the Rita Rita, made with Pimms!

The Apothecary Lounge is based in the Hotel Parq Central, on Central Avenue, south east Albuquerque.

New Mexico’s famous Sadie’s is the place to go in Socorro. You could stick with the classic Margarita, which is honestly perfection in a glass, or try their refreshing Midori Margarita, made with melon. Delicious!

There are three Sadie’s locations, but head to the one on Los Ranchos right before you visit their Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

What an array of Margaritas there is to try- we’ll definitely drink to that!

Whether you’re flying in to Texas or New Mexico, or even elsewhere in the USA, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on your American road trip adventure!