Saturday is a major Mexican holiday that will be celebrated all over the place around central Minnesota. If you're going to join in on the festivities, you should know the facts about Cinco de Mayo.

Most Americans look at May 5th's celebration as a reason to go out and party and be colorful for Cinco de Mayo, but a majority have no clue what this holiday is a celebration of. It's not the day of Mexico's independence, which is what 90% of us think it is. Here are the facts about it...

National Today surveyed 1000 Americans and asked them what they thought Cinco de Mayo was. There were 5 possible answers and 90% of those surveyed actually got the right answer. It's very possible it was just a lucky guess with some of them!

  • 39% said it's Mexican Independence Day, which is actually on September 16th.
  • 26% said it's just a general celebration of Mexican-American culture.
  • 13% said it's all about DRINKING.
  • 13% admitted they just had no idea.

Only 10% said it's the anniversary of Mexico's victory over France, which is the CORRECT answer.  The Battle of Puebla happened on May 5th, 1862.

So how does most of central Minnesota celebrate? Eating Mexican food, drinking margaritas, and doing something to celebrate Mexican culture will be happening all over this area. As always, drink in moderation and DON'T drink and drive. You can guarantee there will be extra patrols on the roads Saturday night, so keep safe out there.