• Joe Johnson

Five Stats, Facts, and Deals for Cinco de Mayo

A few chains have deals for Cinco de Mayo: Chili's has $5 cocktails, and Chipotle is doing free delivery with the promo code "DELIVER". A poll found our favorite ways to celebrate are by eating Mexican food and drinking margaritas.

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which is NOT Mexican Independence Day like many people think. That's in September. So what IS it about? A recent poll found 63% of Americans feel confident they know. But do they?

Here are five quick facts, stats, and deals you can take advantage of today . . .


1. Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of Mexico's underdog win over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. So, 160 years ago today. A bunch of mining workers from Mexico celebrated it in California a year later, and that's how it got started.

2. It's actually more popular in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, where it's not even a national holiday. And it's been "DRINKO de Mayo" since the beer companies started using it to market their products in the 1980s.

3. The most popular ways we celebrate it are by eating Mexican food . . . drinking margaritas . . . celebrating the culture . . . and drinking Mexican beer.

4. Is it OFFENSIVE to dress up in a sombrero or poncho for Cinco de Mayo? In a recent poll, 51% of Americans said it's fine . . . only 14% said it's inappropriate . . . and 35% weren't sure. The Anti-Defamation League says DON'T do it though.

5. A few big chains are running deals today: Chili's has $5 cocktails . . . 7-Eleven is selling its new Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas with any sized coffee for $4 . . . Taco John's has five tacos for $5.55 . . . and Chipotle is doing free delivery with the promo code "DELIVER". (You can find even more deals here.)

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