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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2024 in Charleston

April 29, 2024

Cinco de Mayo is rapidly approaching. Cinco de Mayo, an annual holiday celebrating the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla back in 1862, is widely celebrated in the United States with margaritas, tacos, and parties. Many restaurants and businesses offer special promotions for the holiday. Charleston is no exception. Here's how you can celebrate locally if you're planning on being in town on May 5th! 


Cinco de Mayo at BLU: Fill Cinco de Mayo with beachfront festivities! BLU is serving up delicious food specials (like Chorizo Empanadas and Pork Carnitas Nachos!) with breathtaking views. 

Cinco de Mayo at Mex 1: This Cinco de Mayo, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is throwing a massive fiesta! Their Mount Pleasant location is highlighting festive live music, while their Charleston location is hosting a block party, complete with live music, outside bars, food tents, local vendors, and more. 

Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival: The 17th Annual Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival will take place on May 4, 2024. Carolina's Largest Cinco de Mayo celebration will feature a full schedule of live music, dance exhibitions, authentic food, drinks, and more. 

Tacos & Tequila Bar Crawl: Grab a ticket to the Charleston's Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl! A ticket gets you admission, tacos, drink specials, awesome music, giveaways, and more. Join in the fun on May 4, 2024! 

Margarita & Mimosa Fest: This marvelous Cinco de Mayo festival is part bar hop and part delicious cocktail celebration. Put yourself in a festive mood by enjoying the tasty beverages and fun atmosphere at four local bars and restaurants. 


For even more options, browse this list of local Mexican restaurants: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g54171-c29-Charleston_South_Carolina.html 

While it is always nice to support local businesses and enjoy yummy food, we also encourage you to take some time to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo. There is a lot of historic significance to this holiday that is frequently overlooked or misconstrued. A great introduction is available here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cinco-de-Mayo 

How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Tell us in the comments! 

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