NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY
On September 1st, National Chicken Boy Day honors the birthday of an interesting statue in California. Celebrate his ceremonial birthday and learn more about this unique creation on September 1st.
Standing 22 feet tall and holding a bucket of chicken, this fiberglass statue of a boy with a chicken head stands along Route 66. Named after the former 1960s Chicken Boy Restaurant, he is also known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.”
The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984. At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye. For a time, the statue remained tucked away in storage until a suitable location could be found. Some twenty years later, Chicken Boy came out of hiding. The entire community came together to make the restoration of Chicken Boy possible. Once the statue’s rehabilitation was complete, he became a permanent display at Inouye’s design firm.
In 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recognized the famous Chicken Boy statue along historic U.S. Route 66 with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award.
- Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Sacramento, California, 2010.
- Community Beautification Grant, City of Los Angeles, 2005-2006.
- California Preservation Foundation, Three Minute Success Story, 2009.
- Highland Park Heritage Trust Preservation Award, 2009-2010.
- Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2009.
- Commendation, California State Assembly, Sacramento, California, 2010.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChickenBoyDay
Wish Chicken Boy a “Happy Birthday” and use #ChickenBoyDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY HISTORY
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