NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY
Each year on September 1st, people across the United States recognize National Chicken Boy Day in honor of his September 1 ceremonial birthday.
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, and was placed in storage until a suitable location could be found. Some twenty years later, Chicken Boy was moved to his new home at Inouye’s design firm. The result of the restoration of Chicken Boy was a community effort and donated funds.
A famous landmark on the historic U.S. Route 66, Chicken Boy was recognized by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2010.
- 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
Wish Chicken Boy a “Happy Birthday” and use #NationalChickenBoyDay to post on social media.
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