There are very few holidays that are as fun or as joyous as Cinco de Mayo. After all, this holiday is all about having a big celebration. While most people only think of margaritas and Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo, this holiday is about so much more. With this day of fun right around the corner, here are “cinco” facts about Cinco de Mayo that you probably didn’t know.
1)Cinco de Mayo is Actually Not a Celebration of Mexico’s Independence
Due to some of the similarities between Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July, there has been a major misconception about this holiday, causing many people to think of it as the “Fourth of July for Mexico.” This is not true. In fact, one of the biggest misconceptions about Cinco de Mayo is that it is a celebration of Mexico’s independence—it is not. That is actually a completely separate holiday which takes place on September 16th.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s victory at the battle at Puebla that took place during the Franco-Mexican war on May 5th (of course) 1862. It was a surprising win for the Mexican military who were vastly outnumbered during the battle and now it is seen as a major point of pride in Mexican history. So, when you are bonding over Sangria and tequila at your next Cinco de Mayo celebration, you can impress your friends and fellow party-goers with some history about this day.
2)It is the Biggest Day of the Year for Avocado Production
Cinco de Mayo is a notoriously busy day for Mexican restaurants around the country, but it is also a very busy time of year for Avocado farmers. Cinco de Mayo is actually the biggest day for Avocado consumption in the United States. In fact, according to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados every year on Cinco de Mayo—that is a lot of guacamole.
3)The World’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Party Isn’t Held in Mexico
If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the world’s largest party for this holiday, then you don’t need to head south of the border. Los Angeles actually holds the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in the world. Th event is called the Festival de Fiesta Broadway and it typically draws in around 300,000 people. But if you don’t live near the City of Angels, some of the other top U.S. cities for Cinco de Mayo celebrations are New York, Houston and Denver.
In general, Cinco de Mayo is actually a bigger party day in the United States than it is in Mexico.
4)Chihuahua Races Are an Unknown Way to Celebrate the Holiday
If you want to attend the most unique, and authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration, then head to charming Chandler, Arizona, for their annual Chihuahua races. Held every year on Cinco de Mayo these races earn some big bets, similar to horse races and are a competitive way for area patrons to get in the Cinco de Mayo spirit.
If you live in Longmont, Colorado you can actually celebrate with Chihuahuas as well with the city’s annual Chihuahua beauty contest.
5)It is the Biggest Day for Margarita Sales in the Country
Ok, this one may not surprise you as much, but what may shock you is just how much tequila US patrons drink. Every year, there are more margarita sales in the United States than any other day in the country. However, due to the rising prices of limes, the lime juice used to make these margaritas is actually more expensive than the tequila.
Just how much to US patrons love their margaritas? On average, US drinkers spend around $2.9 billion dollars a year on margaritas, which contributes to 14 percent of the country’s overall cocktail sales. It looks like many Americans are choosing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all year round.