National Corn Fritters Day | July 16
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Corn Fritters Day on July 16th encourages us to fry up a batch of these crispy, flavorful bites of corn and batter! Make them with fresh corn and the celebration will be even better!


These bright crispy morsels make great additions to summer barbecues and backyard gatherings. The main ingredients include corn, meal, egg, milk, and butter. While they may have originated in the south, corn fritters can easily be changed up with peppers, onions, or herbs to give them regional and seasonal flair.

When paired with other vegetables and a pan-fried fish filet, corn fritters added to a lightly toasted bun create a unique fish sandwich. Don’t look at corn fritters as just a side dish, but a functional part of a complete meal.  

Make your fritters small, and they become appetizers. When there’s a bumper crop of sweet corn, be sure to freeze some for a taste of summer during the winter. These corn fritters will brighten up a gloomy, cold day.


Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to whip up some homemade fritters! Here are a grilled corn fritter and a fresh sweet corn fritter recipe for you to try.  Post on social media using #NationalCornFrittersDay. 


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July 16th Celebrated History


The Residence Act establishes the District of Columbia as the United States’ capital.


The Dixie cup is patented. Attorney Lawrence W. Luellen of Newton, Massachusetts originally designed the paper cup in 1908 to use with his water dispensing machine. He partnered with Hugh Moore of the American Water Supply Company and set out to change the world’s water drinking habits. Instead of sharing drinking glasses and communal drinking tins, the partners suggested their product stopped the spread of germs by being a single-use, disposable drinking vessel.


Oklahoma City installs the world’s first parking meter. Carl Magee received patent no. 2,118,318 for his invention and initially trademarked it as the “Dual.” However, Magee would later rename the invention the “Park-O-Meter.”


Joe DiMaggio broke his own consecutive game hitting streak when he hit his 56th. The Yankee began and ended the streak against pitcher Eddie Smith of the Chicago White Sox. The phenomenal streak ended on July 17th against the Cleveland Indians and pitcher Al Smith. No one has repeated the feat or broken it since.


Little, Brown and Company publishes J.D. Salinger’s coming-of-age novel, Catcher in the Rye.


Can you say, “Count down?” The Apollo 11 mission launches from Kennedy Space Center. Four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon. Pilot Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module.


Isaac Harding-Davis set the world record for the most ice cream eaten in 1 minute. Anyone else getting sympathy brain freeze?

July 16th Celebrated Birthdays

Mary Baker Eddy – 1821

Mary Baker Eddy established the Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as Christian Science.

Ida B. Wells – 1862

In 1896, the American journalist help found the National Association of Colored Women. During her lifetime she served as a teacher, newspaper owner, and advocate for African American rights. In 1892, she began an anti-lynching campaign

Orville Redenbacher – 1907

The bow tie-wearing food scientist developed his own brand of popping corn alongside his business partner Charles Bowman. The famous brand was originally named Red Bow in 1970, but was soon changed to Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn.

Will Ferrell – 1967

The American actor and comedian rose through the ranks of Saturday Night Live to the big screen in comedies like Zoolander, Elf and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

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