It's Cinco De Mayo let's celebrate!!! We must go out and get Mexican food and drink Tequila, oh wait it's the middle of the week let's just drink Mexican beer and go to Jalapenos. Unfortunately there is a fair share of people that still think that May 5th is Mexican Independence day. Somehow the American marketing machine has turned the Battle of Puebla into a pseudo holiday and an excuse to drink. Here's what actually happened on May 5th according to history.com 

"During the French-Mexican War (1861-1867), an outnumbered Mexican army defeats a powerful invading French force at Puebla. The retreat of the French troops at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the people of Mexico, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against a powerful foreign nation."

Now that we've cleared that up, Mexican Independence Day is September 16th and this year Mexicans are celebrating the 210th anniversary of their liberation. Locally Gov. Brad Little will join the Consul of Mexico in Boise, Ricardo Gerardo-Higuera, for a 3:00 ceremony that will be streamed live on ktvb.com.

Consul Gerardo-Higuera shared this message to Idaho’s Hispanic community via an interview with kktvb

"Our message to our Mexican and Spanish community is that there is a good relationship between the Government of Mexico and the US. And remembering our national identity, the greatness of our culture, history and tradition,” he said. “Tomorrow all Mexicans will be saying ‘Long Live Mexico...Viva Mexico!’”

Here are a few interesting facts about Hispanics in Idaho

  • Idaho is home to nealry 200,000 Hispanic Americans
  • The Mexican consulate in downtown Boise is one of 53 Mexican representatives around the country. Each one provides a wide range of services, including visa applications, passports and other important documents for families.
  •  Hispanics and Latinos accounted for 11.2% of Idaho's population in 2010 and rose to 12.8% by 2019
  • Rupert, Caldwell and Burley have the highest Hispanic populations is Idaho.

The Mexican Independence celebration will be closed to the public this year due to the  pandemic. Ok, now you can go our and partake in Mexican food and drink Tequila at Jalapenos.