Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during which the Mexican army defeated invading French forces despite being vastly outnumbered. The French army regrouped and won a subsequent battle, but Mexico’s initial victory at Puebla has long served as a point of national pride.
Today, Cinco de Mayo is observed more widely in the United States than Mexico itself, but Mexican Americans — and Americans, in general — have good reason to celebrate: A divided America was fighting the Civil War when the Battle of Puebla was fought, and Mexico’s victory may have forced France to abandon its plans to supply the Confederacy with munitions, according to History.com.
Even the U.S. government urged Americans to observe Cinco de Mayo with “appropriate ceremonies and activities” in a 2005 congressional resolution.
“Cinco de Mayo serves as a reminder that the foundation of the United States is built by people from many nations and diverse cultures who are willing to fight and die for freedom,” the resolution states.
Mexico’s cultural contributions in the States are also undeniable. And on Cinco de Mayo, communities across America celebrate by embracing Mexican culture with festivals or gatherings (socially distanced, this year), or even a bit of Mexican cuisine.
And speaking of food, plenty of U.S. national chains are aiming to help Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a great deal on Mexican-inspired fare.
Chilis is offering five different $5 drink specials on May 5, including its Presidente Margarita, Cheers to Patrón ‘Rita, Cuervo Blue ‘Rita and Frose ‘Rita “plus select draft imports.” Fans in five cities across the country can also participate in the restaurant’s “Hide & Cinco” event for a chance to find a pinata “filled with a $500 gift card and tons of Chili’s Cinco swag.”
Rewards members earn five-times the points on all orders placed May 5.
The restaurant chain is offering $5 Grande House Margaritas “all day long,” along with additional deals on “meltdown” shots or commemorative glassware, depending on availability.
Taco Bell is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a $5 deal on a “Build Your Own Taco Cravings Box” and a $15 deal on a “Build Your Own Taco Party Pack” when ordering through Uber Eats.
In honor of “Taco de Mayo,” Taco John’s locations are offering five soft beef tacos for $5.55.