On the fifth of May in 1862, Mexico’s army won a decisive victory over the forces of the French. Ever since, the date has become a major celebration, both in Mexico and in the United States, and often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day (September 16th). The day is typically celebrated with a great deal of partying in the wildest kinds of ways, with Mexican food and mixed drinks featuring heavily in the festivities. Here are a few ways for you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, including a couple of more creative celebrations. Enjoy!
Los Lobos
Maryland Live! Casino
7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Suite 7777
Hanover, MD 21076
(443) 842-7000

You can do little better by way of partying for Cinco de Mayo than the combination of food, drink, gambling and music available at Maryland Casino. This May 5th, the casino will be featuring for your entertainment the renowned Mexican-American band Los Lobos in live performance. Los Lobos has managed to break down the walls of modern American rock by dropping hit tracks while staying true to their Mexican roots. Come enjoy some authentic Mexican music at the Rams Head Center Stage, then afterwards, roll up to the bar and roll some dice, as well!

MEX Tequila Bar At Power Plant Live!
26 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 528-0128

Come enjoy the benefits of celebrating a Mexican Holiday in a Mexican bar which is attached to a concert venue. That’s right, come rock out at MEX Tequila Bar at Power Plant Live! on Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy the traditional Mexican food being offered on an exceptional night by an already exceptional restaurant, and then dive into the drink specials being offered for the occasion. Once you’ve eaten and imbibed your fill, slip on over to Power Plant Live! and rock out to the concert being thrown down for the evening. There really is no better party in town for the night of Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco De Mayo Fun Run
Fleet Feet Sports
500 Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, MD 21146
(410) 544-1005

May is here, and the weather is perfect for running! That’s right, the annual Cinco de Mayo fun run, hosted by Fleet Feet Sports, is taking place on Thursday, May 5th starting at 6 pm. It’s a nice, relaxing 5K, out and back along the beautiful B&A trail, with prizes, including one for the most festively dressed runner (you might want to break out the poncho and sombrero for this run). Once the run is completed, Fleet Feet will have food for all the participants. The run is free, so come for the fun!

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Cinco De Mayo Kids Celebration
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Patterson Park Branch
58 N. Linwood Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 396-0983

Cinco de Mayo is actually a piece of Mexican history and heritage which has, over the years, been turned into an elaborate excuse to party. But the Enoch Pratt Library is making sure that the history behind the fifth of May isn’t lost to time, while also making Cinco de Mayo kid-friendly at the same time! Drop by with your youngsters on Thursday, May 5th to enjoy this Mexican holiday in a wholesome way, with a celebration that includes piñatas, activities, crafts and snacks for the kids. Find out what all the celebration is really about, and give your kids a chance to party as well.

Papi’s Tacos
1703 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 299-8480

Papi’s Tacos is immediately off the beaten path in scenic Fells Point. The restaurant is full of legitimate Mexican charm, from its fully stocked tequila-cocktail bar to its authentic south-of-the-border food. At Papi’s, you can build your own street tacos, enjoy anything from wine to margaritas and dig into some delicious lobster guacamole. Swing on by on May 5th to enjoy all of the additional drink and food specials and festivities. One thing is certain, though: you will be able to enjoy a rotating selection of $3 tequila specials, allowing you to taste all of the flavors that Papi’s has to offer.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.