Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Children in traditional dress celebrate Cinco de Mayo; © Lawrence Migdale

Children in traditional dress celebrate Cinco de Mayo; © Lawrence Migdale

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.

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♥ This Valentine’s Day, Show your beach some love! ♥

The Beach Should Be Forever

Show your beach some love!

Forgo the candy and flowers, instead give a gift that matters – to your beach and your Valentine.  Make a donation to the Surfrider Foundation in honor of your Valentine and we’ll send them the Valentine e-card of your choice.  You can also include a personal message to the one you love.

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LESS THAN 1 DAY till our 1st question is posted for our Holiday Giveaway!

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Wednesday, December 9th (TOMORROW!)  is the 1st day of our Holiday Giveaway!  Are you ready?

Tomorrow’s question will be posted at 10:00 AM PST – to make sure you get the question right when it’s posted:

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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Best places to get Patriotic for the 4th of July

1.  Washington DC

Beginning with the Independence Day parade along Constitution Avenue, the Nation’s capital has activities all day long to keep you busy this 4th.  After the parade, head on over to the US Capitol’s West Lawn for the FREE Capitol Fourth Concert – the National Symphony Orchestra as well as some pop artists will rock out until the fireworks begin with a spectacular display over the Washington Monument.  Of course, the National Mall’s iconic fireworks show, launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool is hard to beat!

2.  Mount Rushmore

Celebrate a day early with Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln in South Dakota – Mount Rushmore kicks the festivities off on July 3rd!  Education programs and entertainment, including bands, presidential re-enactors and children’s programs, and even a Military fly-over are scheduled throughout the day with fireworks beginning at 9:20.

3.  Philadelphia

Harness your inner brotherly love and get your 4th on at the location the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted.  Once the stomping ground of the founding fathers, Philly hasn’t forgotten its roots.  After almost 2 weeks of gearing up, beginning on the weekend of June 26th with the Taste of Philadelphia on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, live entertainment from top-notch talent and a dazzling display of fireworks over the Delaware River.  On the 4th, Revelers will anxiously await the sun to go down, when Philadelphia hosts “the biggest, most spectacular, free outdoor concert in America” with Sheryl Crow headlining this year.  Afterward, stick around for an amazing fireworks grand finale set against the dramatic Art Museum.

4.  At a Baseball Game

Is there a better way to celebrate America’s birthday than partaking in America’s favorite past time?  I’d be surprised if a once-a-year mandatory meal of hot dogs, peanuts, ice cream and your frosty beverage of choice weren’t written into an early draft of the Constitution.  With 15 Major League games to choose from on the 4th, most of which will have a fireworks show at some point, there is guaranteed to be one not too far from your hometown.  And on this day, every one’s a winner…Go USA!

5.  New York

Speaking of hot dogs – the Fourth of July in New York means it’s your chance to finally watch the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest!  Not your cup of tea?  Try taking a dinner cruise, a “Revolutionary Walking Tour,” checking out the massive Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular or enjoy a concert at Battery Park instead – this year it’s Sonic Youth taking the stage at 3:30pm.