There's never a bad day to indulge in some Mexican food - especially on a day like today.

Today, May 5 is Cinco de Mayo.

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What Is Cinco De Mayo?

You might partake in Cinco De Mayo celebrations - eat good Mexican cuisine, drink some margaritas, but do you even know what you're celebrating and why?

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According to a 2020 survey conducted by YouGov, only 40% of Americans know that May 5 is, in fact, not a celebration commemorating Mexican Independence Day.

Data from YouGov Direct finds that 41 percent of US adults surveyed believe that Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is Mexico’s Independence Day, while another 19 percent simply don't know what the holiday celebrates.

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While Cinco De Mayo isn't technically honoring the commencement of the 11-year Mexican War of Independence in 1810 (that's what Sept. 16, Mexican Independence Day, is for), it still marks a monumental day in Mexico's history.

"Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.", History.com says. 

In America, Cinco De Mayo traditions typically include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla, and other festive events and celebrations. In Mexico, however, the fifth of May is treated essentially like any other ordinary day. In fact, May 5 in Mexico is not even considered a federal holiday, meaning that offices, banks, and stores remain open annually on this day.

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"It's more about having a good time, having a good party, and celebrating over beer and wine. That does overshadow, in a way, the people's memory of what Cinco De Mayo represents. However, the people's memory of Cinco de Mayo does survive," Irene Vásquez, department chair of Chicano and Chicana Studies at the University of New Mexico, told USA TODAY.

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"It's important for people to understand that this is a day when Mexican people can celebrate with peoples of all different ethnicities the importance of history, of heritage, of culture and that we all have a place in the society."

How will you celebrate Cinco De Mayo? If you're not sure, here's a place to start - or 30 places.

Cinco De Mayo or not, if you've got a hankering for a seriously mouthwatering Mexican meal, consider checking out one of the 30 highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley - according to TripAdvisor - to best satisfy your craving:

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo At One Of NoCo's Top Rated Mexican Restaurants

Cinco De Mayo or not, if you've got a hankering for a seriously mouthwatering Mexican meal, consider checking out one of the 30 highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley - according to TripAdvisor - to best satisfy your craving: 

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