National Drinking Straw Day | January 3
(Last Updated On: January 2, 2023)


On January 3rd National Drinking Straw Day commemorates the date in 1888 that Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw. Since then, a variety of drinking straws are used.


It is believed the Sumerians used the very first drinking straws for drinking beer. Archeologists speculate they used the straws to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that would have sunk to the bottom.  The oldest drinking straw known to be in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E. This found straw was a gold tube inlaid with a precious blue stone.

The Argentines used a similar metallic device called a bombilla. Used for hundreds of years, the bombilla acted as both a straw and a sieve.

Today, manufacturers make a variety of reusable straws. From stainless steel and glass to bamboo and silicone, they not only save money and the environment, but they are also fun to use.  They come in a variety of creative shapes and colors. 


Enjoy your favorite beverage using a drinking straw. You can use a variety of straws, too! While the most common kind might be plastic, more and more they come in paper, bamboo, stainless steel, and glass. Many makers of plastic straws make reusable, collapsable straws, too. These also make great gifts to help you celebrate the day. 

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The United States Patent Office granted Mavin G. Stone, his Patent # US375962 A on January 3, 1888.

National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this tubular celebration.

Drinking Straw FAQ

Q. Are there other uses for drinking straws other than drinking?
A. Yes. Drinking straws can be used for a variety of purposes:

  • arts and crafts – With just scissors, glue, and a few other craft items, you can begin creating using straws.
  • bubble wand – dip one end of the straw into bubble solution and blow on the other end.
  • flower arrangements – Lengthen short stems using a straw.
  • destem strawberries – Just poke the straw through the bottom of the strawberry and push it through to the other end. The stem will pop off.
  • eliminate tangled necklaces – pull the ends of a necklace through two straws and connect at the other ends. The two straws will keep the strands from tangling.

Q. What other straw days are on the calendar?
A. Skip the Straw Day is on the fourth Friday in February.

Q. Can anyone celebrate National Straw Day?
A. Yes. It’s a perfect way to explore the variety of drinking straw options available.

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