5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

There’s lots of live music and more in Bergen County to celebrate the fifth of May 2023.
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It’s a common misconception that the fifth of May celebrates Mexico’s independence. But actually, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Coincidentally, it’s not that big of a deal in Mexico, but it’s turned into one here in the U.S. And you don’t need to be Mexican to take part in the festivities.

This year, there’s double the excuse to party because it falls out on a Friday. Here are 5 ways to celebrate the fifth of May here in Bergen County. Get ready to have some fun!

  • Friday, May 5, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join The B Street Band—a tribute to Bruce Springsteen—when they perform at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church in Paramus for “Cinco De Mayo Springsteen Night.” In addition to the concert, guests can partake in fun raffles, 50/50 drawings, food trucks, drinks and more. The show (which is indoors in air conditioning) starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults, $12 for kids 14 and under.
  • Friday, May 5, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Put your dance moves to the test when Fred Astaire, a dance studio with locations in Oradell and Rutherford, hosts their Cinco de Mayo party. Bring a partner or go alone for a deep dive into salsa and line dancing, as well as to view spotlight dances from the school’s students. Fee is $20 and includes refreshments and light bites.
  • Friday, May 5, 8 p.m.. Celebrate the holiday with food, drinks and live music from The Maniacs, a rock cover band, when they perform at Mason Jar in Mahwah. There’s no cover charge for entry.
  • Friday, May 5, 9 p.m. On Cinco de Mayo, Radio Royalty, a rock cover band, will take the stage at Orange Lantern in Paramus. Enjoy food and drink specials too. There’s no cover charge for entry.
  • Friday, May 5, 9 p.m. Your Mom’s Hot—perhaps the best name for a band ever?—will play a live set of hard rock, classic rock and alternative covers from the ‘70s until today on Cinco de Mayo at The Dog House Saloon in Washington Township. Wash down the jams with some beer and a burger. There’s no cover charge for entry.

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Do you have any fun traditions? Tell us on Instagram @bergenmagnj.


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