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    This weekend is Cinco de Mayo! Sometimes mistaken for Mexican Independence Day (which is actually September 16), the fifth of May commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While not widely celebrated in Mexico, the holiday has become a popular tradition in the U.S. as a way to celebrate Mexican-American culture.

    Sterling Ranch is ideally located on the leading edge of nature in southwest Littleton. You can find places nearby to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or if you prefer to stay home, we’ve provided some tips on how to throw your own great fiesta. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you enjoy the weekend in the company of friends and family!

    Cinco de Mayo Festival

    Held downtown Denver at Civic Center Park, the Cinco de Mayo Festival is the main event along the Front Range for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy two full days of fun—the festival runs Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 10am-8pm. Three stages of live entertainment create a festive atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy, and delicious food is available from multiple vendors. Events include a taco eating contest, Chihuahua races, and a lowrider car show. Don’t miss the parade, which takes place Saturday, May 4th, from 11am-12pm.

    Mexican Restaurants Near Sterling Ranch

    If you don’t want to make a day of it but would still love to enjoy a delicious Mexican meal, you can find several restaurants within a 20-minute drive from Sterling Ranch. (We didn’t bother listing the Chipotles and Qdobas in the area, because we’re betting they’re already on your radar.) If you want to try something new or settle in for a longer meal, check out one of these fantastic spots.

    Tips for Celebrating at Home

    How about throwing your own fiesta? It doesn’t have to take monumental effort. Just a little planning and a whole lot of guacamole will please the party peeps in your life. There are many ways to throw a great Cinco de Mayo party, but these are the essentials.

      1. Salsa Music – Clear some room for a dance floor and get everyone moving with a spicy latin groove! If you don’t know the moves yourself, find someone who does. Or simply pull up a YouTube video for a quick group lesson.
      2. Margaritas – It’s the quintessential drink for celebrating latino culture. Plus margarita glasses are the most fun of all, don’t you think? Pre-mix them for easy pouring, or keep the ingredients out so that people can make them to their liking. Add a little extra pizzazz with a strawberry or melon option.
      3. Taco Bar – Everyone loves a good taco bar. They’re tasty, versatile, satisfying, and best of all, easy for the host. All you have to do is prep the ingredients and set them out. Your guests will know what to do from there.
      4. Chips & Guac – If you’ve got plenty of chips, good guacamole, and some zesty salsa options, the party practically takes care of itself.
      5. Piñata – Maybe you haven’t taken a whack at a piñata since you were invited to an elementary-age birthday party, but that’s no reason not to start up again. Piñatas are colorful, fun, and provide an excuse to yield a giant stick while wearing a blindfold. Good times for all!

    There’s always something to do at vibrant community of Sterling Ranch. Thanks to a dedicated Lifestyle Director, residents can look forward to frequent events that bring neighbors together and enhance community spirit. Quick move-in homes are available now—join the fun!