National Have a Coke Day – May 8
(Last Updated On: November 7, 2022)


Each year on May 8th, millions of people across the country celebrate National Have a Coke Day. Coca-Cola, often referred to as Coke, is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company.

The original filing date for Coke as a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company in the United States is March 27, 1944.  As of 2013, Coke distributes products in over 200 countries around the world as consumers down more than 1.8 million company beverage servings each day.

While the holiday focuses on the bubbly, carbonated beverage, the drink and its associated memorabilia inspire collectors across generations. From sign art to vintage soda fountain glassware, collectors love to replicate classic flavors with authentic style. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHaveACokeDay

There are so many ways to celebrate this day. While enjoying your favorite Coca-Cola product, you can explore the company’s history. You can also discover which collectibles are truly valuable and which ones just tug at our heartstrings. While you share an icy cold beverage with a friend, watch old Coke commercials. You can also enjoy a float or a frozen Coke. Don’t forget to debate diet vs. original, too. Another way to celebrate is by exploring the world of vintage soda fountains. Step back in time and savor a delicious ice cream soda. For the adults, share your favorite mixed beverage or a flavored variety of this iconic soft drink. While you celebrate, don’t forget to use #NationalHaveACokeDay to share on social media. 


In the late 19th century, John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola, at Pemberton’s Eagle Drug and Chemical House in Columbus, Georgia. He intended to patent the beverage as medicine. However, Asa Griggs Candler bought out the business. Candler’s marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.

Coco-Cola Timeline:

May 8, 1886 – Coco-Cola goes on sale for the first time as a tonic during the temperance movement. 

1891 – Bottling of Coco-Cola begins for the first time at the Biedenharn Candy Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1894 – The first outdoor wall advertisement promoting the Coca-Cola drink was painted in Cartersville, Georgia

1914 – Atlanta’s Fleeman’s Pharmacy opens its doors. The longest-running commercial Coca-Cola soda fountain anywhere became a historic landmark of Atlanta and Coca-Cola. The pharmacy closed its doors in 1995 after 81 years.

1944 – The Coca-Cola Company manufactures its one-billionth gallon of Coca-Cola syrup on July 12th. 

1955 – The company produces its first cans of Coke.

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this iconic beverage holiday. 


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