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JULY 13, 2018 | NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY | NATIONAL DELAWARE DAY | NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY

National French Fry Day July 13
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NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY

Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.

French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!

A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country.  Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut. 

The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.

It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries.  It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your friends and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them! Post on social media using #NationalFrenchFryDay .

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National French Fry Day.

National Delaware Day on July 13, recognizes the First State to declare independence from the British. Rich in history, Delaware’s lands once belonged to New York and later Pennsylvania. But the independent spirit of this beautiful coastal countryside is more than just legendary.

The Delaware River and Bay derived their names from the 12th Baron del la Warr, Thomas West, a governor of Virginia. The name later carried over to the land as well.

During the Second Continental Congress, Delaware’s delegates created a bit of suspense for the history books! Read more under Caesar Rodney and George Read.

Delaware became official in 1776 when the 13 colonies declared their independence from the British government and Delaware adopted its first territorial state constitution.

Delaware is proud of its First State status.  With that comes many other firsts.  Delaware boasts the earliest Swedish settlers in 1638 who built the Old Swedes Church which still stands.  Now known as the Holy Trinity Church, it is one of the oldest churches in America. Swedish settlers built the first log cabins on American soil, too.

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The Stars and Stripes flew for the first time during the Revolutionary War during the one and only battle to take place on Delaware soil.

Shipbuilding became big business first in Delaware in 1840. The first iron shipbuilding yard in the United States was founded in Delaware by Samuel Harlan of Betts, Pussey and Harlan – machinery makers.

From ships to rails. Job H. Jackson and Jacob F. Sharp founded the Jackson and Sharp company of Wilmington in 1863.  By 1871 they built the first narrow gauge railcar in the United States.

The coastal state claims the first bathing beauty contest in 1880.  To attract business to a summer festival, the contest was held at Rehoboth Beach. Thomas Edison was one of the judges.

Known as the Chemical State, Delaware is a hub for manufacturing and munitions. In 1939, the world’s first nylon manufacturing plant opened in Seaford under the name of Dupont.

From land to sea, Delaware satisfies the appetite all season long.  Once known as the best producer of peaches until blight wiped out the orchards in the late 1800s, the state is making a comeback and the peach blossom is their state flower.

Summer boardwalks and beaches fill with the salty sweetness of taffy and crab cakes made from the regions’ blue crab.

The world’s largest maker of scrapple, RAPA Scrapple Company, calls Bridgeville, Delaware home.  Also the home of the World Champion Pumpkin Chunkin competition in the heartland of the state, an autumn drive will fill your basket with fresh produce, poultry and the season’s best baked and canned goods the farmers’ markets can produce.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Explore the history and people of this beautiful state and use #NationalDelwareDay to share on social media.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on July 5, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY

Joining in each year as part of National Hot Dog Month, July 13th is known as National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day.

Also known as “beanie weenies” both dishes are similar to pork ‘n’ beans, but substitute hot dogs or frankfurters for the pork. 

  • Dating back to the civil war, bake beans emerged as one of the very first canned convenience foods.  
  • It is unknown who originally added franks to beans.
  • Van Camp’s owns the Beanie Weenies name.
  • Other brands are sold under alternative names such as Franks & Beans.
  • Typical ingredients include: baked beans, skinless hot dogs, brown sugar, onion, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices.
  • There are a variety of beans ‘n’ franks recipes found around the world.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Here is a recipe for you to try as you celebrate National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day. Post on social media using #BeansNFranksDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day.

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