NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY | Second Friday in July

NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY | Second Friday in July
National French Fry Day | Second Friday in July

NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY | Second Friday in July

On the second Friday in July, we recognizes an American favorite known as the French fry on National French Fry Day.


French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips, or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes. No matter what we call them, they’re common fixtures at fast-food restaurants and are loved by all ages!

What are the best dipping sauces for French fries? Dipping sauces are a condiment choice based on personal preference. Though most people eat their fries with ketchup, some people like to step outside the tomato and choose something different. You can try anything you like, but we recommend:

  • Ranch dressing
  • Vinegar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey mustard
  • Cheese

Beyond the condiments, chefs and home cooks sprinkle seasonings to add flavor and spice to their fries. Whether you add a little garlic and onion powder or spice it up Cajun style, a potato crisped just right will satisfy a combination of tastes. You can top them with chili or nacho cheese and jalapeños, too. Depending on the type of fries, we might top them with even more ingredients and call them all sorts of things.

Delicious Alternatives

French fries are not only for potatoes. In fact, there are healthier alternatives that make a delicious alternative to traditional French fries.

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Jicama Fries
  • Parsnips sliver fries
  • Baked carrot fries
  • Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus fries

A Mission To Petition 

In 2022, Checkers and Rally’s fast food restaurants went on a mission to petition National Day Calendar to change the date of National French Fry Day. Their goal was to change the July 13 date to the second Friday in July. Under advisement of Cal our Calendar Mascot, National Day Calendar changed the date. National French Fry Day would be celebrated each year on a Friday!



  • Bake your fries instead of frying.
  • Make homemade fries.
  • Create a new dish using French fries.
  • Try some Checkers and Rally fries.
  • Create a seasoning to top your fries.
  • Order French fries with your dinner when you are at a restaurant. 
  • Tag and post on social media using #NationalFrenchFryDay.


We were unable to find the creator or origin of National French Fry Day, but we found some great history regarding French Fries.  For instance, the expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren. 

It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries. Since French was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time, it is possible the American soldiers began calling the fried potatoes “French” fries.

July 13th Celebrated History


The U.S. Patented Office issued patent No. 586,193 to Guglielmo Marconi for a wireless telegraph.


American businessman, Vernon Rudolph sells his first Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem, North Caroline. Rudolph used a secret recipe he purchased from a New Orleans French chef.


Edna Mae Anderson founded the barbershop music organization named Sweet Adelines International.


Raising $127 million for Ethiopian famine relief, the Live Aid concert included more than 75 acts on two stages – one at Wembley Stadium in London and the other at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

July 13th Celebrated Birthdays

June Etta Downey – 1875

June Etta Downey spent her career as a psychologist studying personalities and handwriting. Her research led to some of the development of the Downey Individual Will-Temperament Test, an early personality inventories.

Tillie Elrlich Lewis – 1901

In 1935, Lewis partnered with Florino del Gaizo to produce American-grown Italian tomatoes for canning. They launched the company Flotill Products Inc. The company would go on to produce a variety of other fruits and vegetables, too.

Harrison Ford – 1942

Known for his roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars saga and the adventurous but snake-dreading professor in the Indiana Jones series. Ford’s career took off in 1973 in a film called American Graffiti.

Erno Rubik – 1944

A Hungarian mathematician, Rubik invented the colored and challenging puzzle named the Rubik’s Cube in 1974.