Habacu Morales, owner of Habacu's Mexican Restaurant, stands with his children outside his restaurant on the eve of Cinco de Mayo. Habacu offered a celebration to his customers and the public providing entertainment, souvenirs, gifts and more from noon until midnight for the second year in a row.
Restaurant staff also participated by wearing festive attire. Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). According to History.com, it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.