National Crawfish Day - April 17
(Last Updated On: November 7, 2022)


National Crawfish Day on April 17th celebrates one of the South’s most iconic foods. Each year the mudbug brings out not only a desire for newspaper-covered picnic tables but a language all its own.

A smaller, fresh-water cousin to the lobster, crawfish provide a unique flavor to many homegrown Southern dishes. Baked or boiled, crawfish is usually seasoned with a distinctive brand of southern heat. One particularly popular way to serve crawfish is a boil, paper towels required.

If you’ve never been to a crawfish boil, you don’t understand the meaning of digging into your food. An unbridled desire overcomes you as the aroma hits you to devour a massive pile of corn, potatoes, and sausage. And let’s not forget a variety of shellfish that go by names such as ditchbug, crayfish, crawdad, crawpappy, among other amusements.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCrawfishDay

  • Whether you experience crawfish for the first time or the thousandth, celebrate with family and friends.
  • Enjoy a delicious crawfish boil or crawfish tails.
  • As you celebrate, share your family favorite recipes, too!
  • Listen to the interview on Celebration Voices.
  • Use #NationalCrawfishDay to post on social media.


Shell ShackShell Shack Logo founded National Crawfish Day on April 17, 2020, to celebrate one of Southern culture’s most beloved native foods. They encourage everyone to get out during the peak season to indulge in a crawfish boil surrounded by friends and family.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Crawfish Day to be observed on April 17th, annually.

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