The weekend is finally here, and it’s going to be a busy one with plenty of holidays and major sporting events set to take place on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. From the NBA and NHL Playoffs to the Kentucky Derby to another excuse to down some adult beverages, there is a little bit of everything for people to enjoy before heading back to work on Monday.
What can you look forward to this weekend? Let’s take a look.
What To Watch
The NBA and NHL Playoffs will resume through the weekend, with potential series-clinching games on the hardwood and court. The NBA is closing in on the conference finals, while the NHL is winding down the second round. Along with postseason play, there are plenty of events that will be airing on Saturday and Sunday.
Here is what to keep an eye out for:
Saturday, May 5
Kentucky Derby: At approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, Triple Crown season officially gets underway with the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The event will take place on NBC, with the undercard of races beginning shortly after noon.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan: One of the best boxers on the planet, Gennady Golovkin, returns to action against Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The event will air on HBO pay-per-view. Initially, Triple G was set to face off against Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a rematch of their fight from a year ago, but failed drug tests forced Alvarez to withdraw from the bout and Martirosyan stepped in as a replacement.
Sunday, May 6
WWE Backlash 2018: WWE returns to pay-per-view on Sunday night with Backlash at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. The event will features WWE Superstars from both the Raw and SmackDown brands. Titles on the line include the WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and the Raw and SmackDown women’s titles.
Saturday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo: No, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Instead, it’s an adopted American holiday to celebrate Mexican-American culture and so people have an excuse to drink beer and eat tacos. In Mexico, mainly celebrated in Puebla, the day is used to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Kentucky Derby: The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first race of Triple Crown season with the post time set for around 6:30 p.m. ET. This year, Justify is the heavy favorite, with jockey Mike Smith riding the horse out of the 7 position.
National Homebrew Day: If tequila or mint juleps aren’t for you, you can still join the drunk holiday weekend by throwing back some nice homebrews. After all, we know that everything tastes better when it is homemade. And it’s cheaper than going out and getting sloshed at the bar.
Sunday, May 6
National Beverage Day: There is no better way to cure a hangover than to enjoy some brunch and to just continue drinking, right? Okay, that remedy may not be doctor approved, but it’s an easy way to keep the Cinco de Mayo party going as you celebrate National Beverage Day. We know Americans will use any excuse they can to drink.