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What day is National Fried Chicken Day celebrated? July 6.

What is National Fried Chicken Day? National Fried Chicken Day celebrates one of the iconic foods of America. It is believed that Scottish immigrants brought deep-frying chicken to the American South. Fried chicken soon spread around the country and became a staple. Traditionally fried chicken is deep-fried in lard, but can be cooked in corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil.

  • Here are some fun facts about fried chicken:
  • There are more chickens on earth than people at 25 billion.
  • More than 1.25 billion chicken wings (more than 100 million pounds) were consumed on Super Bowl weekend in 2012.
  • Popeyes Chicken is named after the character Popeye Doyle in the movie “The French Connection.”
  • Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.
  • Over 80 pounds of chicken is consumed by an average American every year.
  • A chicken’s heart beats at 280-315 beats a minute.
  • Baby chickens are called chicks. Female chickens are called pullets until they lay eggs and become hens. Male chickens are called roosters or cockerels.

How to celebrate: The best way to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day is to eat fried chicken, whether at your favorite restaurant, at home or on a picnic. Be sure to share the meal with friends or family. In addition, share your favorite pictures or recipes on social media.  

What is the hashtag? The hashtag for National Fried Chicken Day is #NationalFriedChickenDay.

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

  • National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day April 4
  • National Chicken Wing Day July 29
  • National Curried Chicken Day January 12
  • 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.