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National French Fry Day on July 13th recognizes a staple food on menus across the country. It comes in so many different cuts and styles, there’s a favorite for everyone to enjoy! 

French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips, or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes. No matter what we call them, they’re common fixtures at fast-food restaurants and are loved by all ages!

A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese, and many more complement French fries. As a healthier alternative, sweet potatoes also make delicious fries and accompany many dishes on menus around the country. Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle, or tornado cut. 

Beyond the condiments, chefs and home cooks sprinkle seasonings to add flavor and spice to their fries. Whether you add a little garlic and onion powder or spice it up cajun style, a potato crisped just right will satisfy a combination of tastes. We top them with chili or nacho cheese and jalapeños, too. Depending on the type of fries, we might top them with even more ingredients and call them all sorts of things.

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. Since French was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time, it is possible the American soldiers began calling the fried potatoes “French” fries.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrenchFryDay

Enjoy some French fries. Share them seasoned or dipped. Order them cut and shaped how you like them! And do we have deals for the day or what? Check out the Celebration Deals page to find French Fry deals near you!  Do you have a deal to add to the list? Contact us and we will get it added! Post on social media using #NationalFrenchFryDay.


We were unable to find the creator or origin of National French Fry Day.



Have you herd? Things go udderly awry in the middle of July each year during Cow Appreciation Day. People dress like bovines for free food. It’s a moo-ving experience to witness designed to save the lives of cows everywhere for just one day. How? By eating chicken instead, that’s how.

Across the country, for one day only, adults and children alike herd into their local Chick-fil-A for their favorite cow meal. And it’s not hay.

Spotted cowls of black and white hoof it across town. Between baseball and soccer, they steer themselves toward the nearest grazing. If it feels like deja-moo, perhaps you’ve joined in the stampede a time or two.

They arrive in cars, trucks, and even cow-a-sakies. Even though the crowds grow and grow, there’s never any need to beef up security. While some of us may be outstanding in our fields, we should get a mooove on before it’s pasture time to get free food.

Even the dairies across the country have joined the herd. They remind everyone of the good products cows and producers bring our way. It’s a positive way of milking a celebration and utilizing both sides of the hide.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CowAppreciationDay

Dress like a cow. Holstein, Herford, Angus – take your pick. Visit Chick-fil-A and get a free meal. Celebrate the cow. Give a cow some hay. They deserve it. Use #CowAppreciationDay to share on social media.


Chick-Fil-A created Cow Appreciation Day in commemoration of Heff R. Jones and his humorous “EAT MOR CHIKIN” billboard campaign that took place in 1995. In 2004, the first event was launched. It led to a fun and entertaining promotion for the restaurant.

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union, starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods, and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore; we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!



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.

First State

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.

The Stars and Stripes flew for the first time during the Revolutionary War during the 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 also lays claim to the first bathing beauty contest in 1880. To attract business to a summer festival, the competition 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.

Delaware Flavor

From land to sea, Delaware satisfies the appetite all season long. Once known as the best producer of peaches until a 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 #NationalDelawareDay

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

In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods, and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!



National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day on July 13th encourages us to make our favorite recipes during National Hot Dog Month. This simple recipe cooks up a delicious dish in no time and goes well with summertime barbecues, too!

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

Baked beans became popular during the Civil War in the United States. They would later become one of the first canned convenience foods on the market in the 1890s. As a result, baked beans became a staple of the chuckwagon. However, it is unknown when adding franks to the beans became a culinary technique.

The franks, or frankfurters, can be beef, pork, or a combination of both. The ground meat is blended with spices and seasonings before being cured. These sausage style wieners or hot dogs come with or without casings. Before adding them to the beans, the franks are sliced into bite-sized pieces.

While beans and franks is one name, Van Camp’s owns the trademark to the Beanie Weenies name. Another brand name is Franks & Beans.

Home cooks make beans and franks, too. Recipes can include beans, hot dogs, brown sugar, onion, mustard, barbecue sauce, and spices. The United States isn’t the only place recipes are found, either. Around the world, beans and franks enjoy wide popularity.

Beans and franks go well with coleslaw, grilled corn on the cob, and vegetable kabobs. Add some iced tea and pie to complete the meal.


Have a picnic or cookout. Make your favorite beans ‘n’ franks recipe to share. Don’t have one? Here is a recipe for you to try. Or just open up a can and heat it up. Post on social media using #BeansNFranksDay.


Our research was unable to find the creator of the holiday.

On Deck for July 14, 2021

National Days

International Days

July 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

The U.S. Patented Office issued patent No. 586,193 to Guglielmo Marconi for a wireless telegraph.


American businessman, Vernon Rudolph sells his first Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Rudolph used a secret recipe he purchased from a New Orleans French chef.


Raising $127 million for Ethiopian famine relief, the Live Aid concert included more than 75 acts on two stages – one at Wembley Stadium in London and the other at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

Recipe of the Day

Beans ‘n Franks

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total Prep: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Servings:  12

Beans and Franks Recipe


1 teaspoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 slices bacon
16 ounce can of pork and beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
1 16 ounce package frankfurters


Cut bacon into squares and fry in a large skillet.

Add onion and saute’ until translucent.

Remove from heat. Drain excess fat.

Mix beans, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and hot sauce in a 2-quart casserole dish.

Add bacon and onion and mix well.

Slice frankfurters and stir into beans.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

July 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
June Etta Downey – 1875

June Etta Downey spent her career as a psychologist studying personalities and handwriting. Her research led to some of the development of the Downey Individual Will-Temperament Test, an early personality inventories.

Tillie Elrlich Lewis – 1901

In 1935, Lewis partnered with Florino del Gaizo to produce American-grown Italian tomatoes for canning. They launched the company Flotill Products Inc. The company would go on to produce a variety of other fruits and vegetables, too.

Harrison Ford – 1942

Known for his roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars saga and the adventurous but snake-dreading professor in the Indiana Jones series. Ford’s career took off in 1973 in a film called American Graffiti.

Erno Rubik – 1944

A Hungarian mathematician, Rubik invented the colored and challenging puzzle named the Rubik’s Cube in 1974.

About National Day Calendar

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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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