Cinco de Mayo starts early. Think champagne at 8am.

Fun drinks, "salsa guac" and free delivery

America’s adopted mid spring drinking holiday returns this weekend. Cinco de Mayo’s a fun time for sure, but let’s begin with its often misunderstood origin. If nothing else, remember one thing: El Cinco de Mayo no celebra el Día de la Independencia de México. So don’t greet your fellow drinkers in the next booth with “Happy Independence Day!”

Still confused about what this May 5 celebration’s all about? No hay problema. We’ve explained it all for you right here.

Cinco de Mayo specials

Now that we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to party. Luckily, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday — making it the perfect day to indulge and still make it back to work on Monday. Here are three ways to save money on food and drink.

Frozen margarita drink with bottles of tequila and triple sec
Frozen margaritas make a great Cinco de Mayo treat. (Photo: Bruno Crippa)

Chipotle & DoorDash have devised a festive way to mark the first anniversary of their partnership. DoorDash users in the U.S. and Canada get free chips and guacamole from Chipotle with the promo code CHIPSNGUAC on all orders of $10 or more placed exclusively through DoorDash. Plus, you’ll get free delivery on all Chipotle orders of $10 or more placed through DoorDash or the Chipotle app and on chipotle.com. These offers are only valid on Cinco de Mayo — or as we like to say — Sunday.

Acapulco and El Torito, “fast-casual” chains with a combined 10 Southern California locations, plans a Sunday Cinco extravaganza starting at 8am(!) with a special “Bottomless Champagne Brunch.”

If that’s not enough to jolt your morning, treat yourself to $5 margaritas, Bloody Marys and micheladas over the next six hours.

Brunch includes a tri-tip and ham carving station, made-to-order omelettes, a waffle station, taco bar, soups, salads, fresh fruit and desserts.

Cinco de Mayo celebration
Cinco de Mayo dancers celebrate on Catalina Island. (Photo: Ken Moore)

On the East Coast, it’s a pre-Cinco celebration in Manhattan on Friday. Roving carts, armed with Tostitos and specially prepared salsa guacamole, will stage a pop-up “tableside guac” brunch experience for New Yorkers near Herald Square, Madison Square, Columbus Circle and Washington Square Park. The NYC-only event, co-sponsored by Avocados From Mexico, takes place from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Elsewhere, Tostitos and Avocados From Mexico are unveiling thousands of Cinco Central pop-up displays at grocery stores across the country.