What day is National Chicken Wing Day celebrated? July 29.

What is National Chicken Wing Day or National Wing Day? National Chicken Wing Day (or National Wing Day for short) celebrates one of the iconic foods of America.

  • Here are some fun facts about chicken wings according to one source:
  • The record for most wings eaten is 444 wings in 26 minutes, set by Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti during the 2015 Wing Bowl.
  • The Pacific region currently consumes the least amount of wings, while the South consumes the most amount of wings in the country.
  • The average American eats 90 chicken wings a year.
  • Americans consumed 1.25 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday alone, which would circle the Grand Canyon 120 times.
  • One chicken wing usually contains about 141 calories, without sauce.
  • The average American can eat 12 chicken wings in one sitting.
  • The National Buffalo Wing Festival is held each year in Buffalo, New York and usually attracts an average of 800,000 people.

How to celebrate: Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day by eating wings, whether at your favorite restaurant, at home or on a picnic. Be sure to share some chicken wings with friends or family. In addition, share your favorite pictures or recipes on social media.  

Who invented Buffalo wings or chicken wings? There are several theories over who invented Buffalo wings. Teressa Bellissimo, the owner of Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, claims to invented them in 1964. When her son arrived late at night with other buddies from college, she needed to make a quick meal and deep fried chicken wings that were left over for making stock soup. It caught on quickly, and other bars began selling them the same year.

Another claim is that in 1964, John Young, a transplant to Buffalo from Alabama began serving uncut chicken wings that were breaded, deep fried and served in his own special tomato based “Mambo Sauce” at his Buffalo restaurant beginning.

In 1977 the city of Buffalo declared July 29, 1977 to be Chicken Wing Day.

What is the hashtag? The hashtag for National Chicken Wing Day is #NationalChickenWingDay.

What other national days are there for wings, chicken or other foods? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate chicken, including:

  • National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day April 4
  • National Curried Chicken Day January 12
  • National Fried Chicken Day July 6
  • National Rotisserie Chicken Day June 2

There are many other national days relating to food. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for food