Cinco de Mayo 2021: Deals and freebies to celebrate the day

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and if you’re not quite sure what that is, you’re not alone.

Technically, Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May. Practically, it means you are likely to get a deal at restaurants that serve Mexican food.

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Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexico’s independence day. It is the date that Mexico defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. There is really no celebration of the day in Mexico, except in Puebla.

But, if you want to have an excuse to celebrate yourself, you can get some deals and freebies at the following restaurants.

Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with the local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go.

7-Eleven: On Wednesday, 7Rewards members can get a small Slurpee drink for just $1 plus 4 free mini bite-sized tacos.

Abuelo’s: You can get various $5 drink deals all day long.

Bahama Breeze: You can get margaritas for $5 all day if you dine in, then you can go to a virtual happy hour concert on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. ET. Click here to attend Facebook.com/BahamaBreeze.

Bar Louie: Get a Bar Louie’s Nacho Crunch Burger topped with guacamole, pico de gallo and crispy tortilla strips smothered in queso and garnished with a fried jalapeno for $5. Order online for pickup.

Chevys Fresh Mex: Look for specials on margaritas, beers, shots, and tacos from 3 p.m. to closing, plus live entertainment.

Chili’s: Get $5 margaritas and select draft imports.

Chipotle: You can play Chipotle’s trivia game and win coupon codes for a buy-one-get-one menu item. To enter, visit ChipotleIQ.com.

Chuy’s: It’s happy hour all day at Chuy’s with deals on beers, martinis and margaritas, along with other drinks.

Hungry Howie’s: You can get a medium 1-topping pizza for $5.55 when they use the promo code “CINCO”. Valid on in-store, online and carry out orders at participating locations.

Hurricane Grill & Wings and Buffalo’s Café: Get specially priced drinks including $3 tequila shots, $3 Coronas and $5 margaritas at participating Hurricane Grill & Wings and Buffalo’s Cafe locations.

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Get five times the rewards points on all orders throughout the day.

On the Border: On The Border is offering its Grande House ‘Rita for $5 on Wednesday. For $1.50 more, you can get a fruit-flavored margarita and for $1 more you can add a Gold Tequila Meltdown.

Smokey Bones: You can get a margarita and two barbeque street tacos for $10 on Wednesday.

STK Steakhouse: STK is offering half-priced Spiced Watermelon Margaritas on Wednesday.

Taco Cabana: Get $2 margaritas on Wednesday.

Taco John’s: You can get five beef soft-shell tacos for $5.55 on Wednesday.