Not sure which day Cinco de Mayo falls on in the next 13 years? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with this handy guide.

2016 (May 5th)

Cinco de Mayo 2016 is on May 5th. Pretty basic stuff here.

2017 (May 5th)

“Cinco de Mayo” actually means, “5th of May” so this shouldn’t be too surprising.

2018 (May 5th)

Again, this holiday is pegged to a discreet date rather than a relative date (first Monday in May, or something like that). So, Cinco de Mayo is, as usual, going to be on the 5th of May.

2019 (May 5th)

2019 is going to be a wild one, because all of the holidays are doing an exchange program. Independence Day is on Christmas, and vice versa. Except for Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th.

2020 (May 5th)

2020 is a leap year, but that doesn’t affect Cinco de Mayo, because Cinco de Mayo always falls on the 5th of May.

2021 (May 5th)

Standard year here–nothing fishy going on. Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th.

2022 (May 23rd)


May 5th was all booked and this was the next day they had available. It’ll still be pretty fun though.

2023 (May 5th)

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That’s on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s improbable victory against France at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5th. Hence, Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th.

2024 (May 5th)

If you forget to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, you can’t just say, “whoopsies” and celebrate it on May 6th. That’s not how this works. Cinco de Mayo is a specific day and you need to respect that.

2025 (May 5th)

Hypothetical: A civic organization wants to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but they accidentally file the paperwork with the town clerk that says Cinco de Mayo is on November 17th. What day is Cinco de Mayo on? Answer: It’s on May 5th, as per usual.

2026 (May 5th)

In 2026, after the Alpha-Zenoclox alien invasion, a new calendar is put into place. Passover is on the 8th of Yarglez. Ouch. But Cinco De Mayo is still May 5th, because that is the name of the holiday.

2027 (May 5th)

The resistance won. Everything is back to normal. Enjoy those margaritas on May 5th!

2028 (May 5th)

One time a gypsy appeared on my doorstep and told me that if I didn’t buy a doll from her, my first born son would die on Cinco de Mayo, 2028. I didn’t buy the doll because I don’t believe in her dark magic, but there’s still a small part of me that fears May 5th, 2028–which is when Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated that year.

Brian is a humor writer living in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Splitsider, and Funny or Die.

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