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Cinco de Mayo Fireworks

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

The Battle was significant for at least two reasons. First, while outnumbered almost two-to-one, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had known no defeat for almost 50 years. Second, this battle was important because it would be “the last time that an army from another continent invaded the Americas.” While significant, however, Cinco de Mayo is not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico.

While Cinco de Mayo has limited or no significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.However, a common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), which is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico

As long as they have fireworks, any day will do!!


Mexico:Vallarta to Host 11th International Fireworks Symposium April 20-24, 2009

Mayor Javier Bravo has received official confirmation that the 11th International Fireworks Art Symposium will be held in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) from April 20 to 24, 2009.

Other international destinations were competing with Puerto Vallarta to be the venue for this spectacular event, among them Brazil and China. The confirmation came during Mayor Bravo’s summer visit to Montreal, Canada, where the 10th Annual Fireworks Festival took place.

The official hotel for the 11th Annual International Fireworks Art Symposium will be the Puerto Vallarta Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center, which will serve as a meeting point for internationally famous fireworks manufacturers to exchange the latest technologies and ideas with other members of the pyrotechnic industry.

The fireworks symposium also gives pyrotechnical showmen from around the world the chance to showcase their various disciplines and specialties. Various product demonstrations and shows will be open to the public during the event, including traditional fireworks displays evoking Mexican fiestas and folklore presented by fireworks companies from several states in Mexico, including Jalisco, Tlaxcala and Mexico D.F., among others.

There will also be other musical fireworks shows throughout the four-day event, as well as product demonstrations from international companies, and on one night of the symposium, a spectacular display of the finest and newest fireworks will be displayed.

In anticipation of the 2009 event, Puerto Vallarta Mayor Javier Bravo initiated Mexico’s First National Fireworks Championship on May 30, 2008. Held at the Augustine Contreras Flowers Sports Stadium as part of the city’s 90th Anniversary celebration, this spectacular Fireworks Fiesta was a dazzling success. Click here for More news.