Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for "fifth of May" and is a celebration day in the United States to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the invading army of France on May 5th, 1861. Napoleon III was seeking to establish a Latin-American stronghold following the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.
It began in the Mexican-American communities in the American West and today is celebrated as a day of Mexican heritage and pride. For non-Mexicans it is an opportunity to eat Mexican food and drink Mexican beer and perhaps get a T-shirt from your favorite Mexican Restaurant.
If you live in or are visiting the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, one of the best places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo is Villa Zapata.
On Cinco de Mayo they will be offering lunch and dinner specials on Fajitas and Chimichangas, a Nacho appetizer special and draft and bottled beer specials.Villa Zapata serves up authentic Mexican cuisine daily and has a Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm. Click here to view their menu.
Another place to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo celebration is T.G.I. Friday's with food and beverage specals from 4pm to close. is another reason to come to the Smoky Mountain cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Plan a three-day weekend and spend the day enjoying the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, shopping, seeing live shows, having fun on the dozens of attractions in the area, playing outdoors, and on Monday celebrate Cinco de Mayo Smokies Style! For more information or coupons on things to do and places to eat in the Smokies click www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.