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How well do folks in San Antonio know Cinco de Mayo history?

History behind a day many think revolves around a cold drink

SAN ANTONIO – Cinco de Mayo may be one the most misunderstood holidays in the country.

"They know it's a fiesta, look at all my cerveza. But what is it? I don't know!" said Jose Trevino referring to folks not familiar with the history of Cinco de Mayo.

The Mexican celebration is often confused with being Mexico's Independence Day. Just in case you were wondering, Mexico’s Independence Day falls on Sept. 16.

"It's totally different, totally different," said Nelly Campos as she celebrated with friends.

May 5 marks the day the Mexican Army defeated the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Though greatly outnumbered, fewer than 100 Mexican soldiers died compared to the nearly 500 French soldiers.

"I knew it had to do with Mexican culture. That’s all I needed to know," said partygoer Jessica Dyer.

One thing about the growing holiday is clear. The festivities have grown over the years and show no signs of slowing down.