If you love fried chicken, as many Americans do, you may be interested in celebrating National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 each year. July 6 is arguably the perfect date to indulge in the American treasure since it falls just two days after Independence Day. Below, you’ll find tips and pointers on how to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day next July.

Fried Chicken Popularity in America

naked chicken chalupa

If you love fried chicken, there’s a good chance that you’ll find someone who is willing to celebrate the holiday with you come July. That’s because it has quickly grown to become one of the most popular dishes in the country. For example, one survey from National Today found that 95 percent of Americans like fried chicken, while more than a quarter described themselves as fried chicken purists.

Furthermore, 6 percent of the people surveyed said that they enjoyed the dish every day. And perhaps most astounding, 16 percent went as far as to say that they would marry the poultry! Additionally, information from Business Insider shows that of the fastest-growing restaurant chains, three of the top five are chicken-based. The chicken sector recently surpassed the burger sector as the most sought-after restaurant.

This has also led to many other fast food restaurants including fried chicken on their menu. For example, Taco Bell has recently added items such as the Naked Chicken Chalupa and Fried Chicken Chips. They have also begun experimenting with a breakfast version of the Naked Chicken Chalupa. Similarly, McDonald’s has expanded their Chicken McGriddle product line.

The History of Fried Chicken Day

national fried chicken day

National Fried Chicken Day is celebrated on July 6 each year. It appears that America is one of the only countries to celebrate. However, recently, Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Australia have begun observing the holiday. Although the holiday is incredibly popular, the origin of the holiday is unclear. Fried chicken dates back to the 4th century, but it did not come to the US until the 19th century.

How to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

group of friends celebrating national chicken day in KFC

If you are looking for an excuse to indulge in fried chicken, there’s no better day to do so than July 6 each year. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best activities to partake in when celebrating the holiday. If you have a preferred method of observation that you do not see on our list, please feel free to share it with our fellow readers in the comment section below!

Coordinate with Your Favorite Restaurant

If you would prefer not to eat fast food on National Fried Chicken Day, you can perhaps coordinate the holiday with your local restaurant. We recommend calling beforehand to confirm if they will have any deals for the holiday. If not, inform them of the significance of July 6, and see if they will coordinate any meals based around fried chicken. Many restaurants are often willing to do so.

You may also be able to find participating restaurants in your area by reading through your local newspaper. For example, AJC provided readers with a list of all Atlanta-based restaurants participating in Fried Chicken Day on July 6. Meanwhile, News Channel 5 Network did the same thing for Nashville residents. A quick internet search should provide you with a list of participating restaurants in your area.

Host a Backyard Barbeque

Hosting a Backyard Barbeque

One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday is by hosting a fried chicken holiday at your home. Since the holiday takes place during the summer, a backyard barbeque is arguably the perfect way to do so. There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday than in the company of others. You can provide the chicken and have everyone bring a side dish and their favorite beverage.

Perhaps another option for hosting is to have everyone bring a different flavor of fried chicken. For example, guests could bring

  • Regular
  • Spicy
  • Extra Spicy
  • Garlic

Or, your guests could bring their personal favorites. If you’re looking for an extra-exciting way to celebrate the day, everyone could rate the chicken on a scale of one to five. The person with the highest-rated chicken at the end of the night could take home a prize. This is a fun, friendly way to enjoy the company of others while indulging in the traditions of the holiday.

Bring Chicken to the Office

After July 4, many people dread working again. You can spice things up by treating your coworkers to fried chicken on July 6. Surprising your coworkers with a bucket of fresh fried chicken for lunch will allow you to celebrate this fantastic holiday while in the company of others. It would also give you a chance to earn some brownie points among your coworkers!

Enjoy Fried Chicken with Your Family

family eating chicken happily

Some people look to enjoy National Fried Chicken Day more simply. These people would perhaps instead enjoy a meal of fresh chicken with their family for breakfast for dinner. You can start the day with your favorite chicken and waffles recipe, or you can conclude the day with a family gathering of fried chicken and your favorite sides.

When coming up with the meal for the day, you can either use your favorite or find a new one. Whichever you choose, we recommend having the ingredients selected beforehand. This way, you’ll be able to cook on July 6 without having to make any last-minute trips to the store. There’s nothing worse than discovering an ingredient you need is not available, thus rending your recipe useless.

Find a National Fried Chicken Day Deal

Finally, we think the best way to celebrate fried chicken day is to find a deal that restaurants have already advertised. As the day has grown in popularity, so too have the number of restaurants who have chosen to partake in the celebrations. Below, you’ll find restaurants that have offered deals for the holiday on July 6 in the past.

While there’s no guarantee they’ll offer deals in the future, it provides a good reference point. And again, we invite our readers to leave their comments below. If there’s a national or regional restaurant near you that celebrates the holiday, please feel free to let us know! This way, our readers across the country will have access to the best deals next July 6.

  • Popeyes 

three orders of popeyes chicken

On previous chicken holidays, Popeyes has offered deals exclusive to customers in the New York and Los Angeles areas. Here, Popeyes restaurants remained open for 24 hours on July 6 only. Additionally, customers were able to purchase drumsticks for a mere $0.24 between midnight and 7 a.m. If you live in one of these metropolitan areas, this is an excellent way to enjoy delicious fried chicken.

  • Slim Chickens

slim chickens with fries

A popular national fast-food chain, Slim Chickens, offers deals on July 6 at every single one of their locations in the United States. Customers can purchase the restaurant’s Chick Meal for just $5. The deal is an affordable way to tackle your chicken cravings for the day and should leave you feeling full for hours, as it comes with chicken tenders, one side, Texas toast, and a drink.

  • Bojangles 

big box of bojangles' chicken

If you’re looking to feed your family or coworkers on July 6, Bojangles gives is an excellent choice to do so. On July 6, the restaurant offers $5 off their 12-piece Super Tailgate meal. In addition to chicken, customers receive three “picnic fixin’s” and a half-gallon of iced tea. To secure this deal, tweet the company @Bojangles1977 with the chicken leg emoji and the hashtag #ItsBoTime.

  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill

a big menu of Carrabba's italian grill

You may not think of Carrabba’s as a restaurant that would offer deals on Fried Chicken Day, but they do! That’s because the restaurant provides wings on their menu. They ran a promotion last July 6 in which customers received 50 percent off their order of wood-fired Italian wings. Additionally, customers also received half-off all drink orders during happy hour. What better way to celebrate?

  • Bruegger’s Bagels 

Bruegger's Bagels store

An excellent choice for those in search of breakfast on the go, Bruegger’s Bagels offered $2 off sandwiches to all members of their Inner Circle on July 6 last year. Inner Circle members received a coupon for the promotion in their inbox. If you are not an Inner Circle member, there’s no better time to sign up, as you’ll receive a free bagel with cream cheese for doing so.

  • Chic-Fil-A

Chic-Fil-A order of chicken

We often get questions from customers about whether Chic-Fil-A celebrates the holiday. It would make sense that they do, considering customers recently named them as the best fast-food chain in the nation. However, Chic-Fil-A’s marketing plan involves the use of a group of cows who encourage their customers to “Eat More Chicken.”

Justifiably, the restaurant instead chooses to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day a few days later on July 10 by giving customers a free meal. As those who have been to Chic-Fil-A know, there is no red meat on the menu. So, the free entrée on July 10 is chicken. If you miss celebrating the holiday on July 6 or are looking for ways to continue the celebrations, consider visiting Chic-Fil-A on July 10.