NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY
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.
Coke is a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company in the United States since 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 it’s associated memorabilia inspires collectors across generations. From sign art to vintage soda fountain glassware, collectors love to replicate classic flavors with authentic style.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHaveACokeDay
Celebrate with an ice-cold Coca-Cola. Invite a friend or two to join you. Enjoy a float or a frozen Coke. Explore the world of vintage soda fountains and step back in time. Savor a delicious ice cream soda or discover a new collectible. Share your favorite mixed beverage or a flavored variety of this iconic soft drink. Use #NationalHaveACokeDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY HISTORY
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.
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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