National Fast Food Day

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Fasten your seatbelts, folks, because we're cruising down the express lane towards tasty town! Every year on November 16th, we pay homage to the bite-sized burgers and crunchy French fries that have defined roadside cuisine with National Fast Food Day.

When is Fast Food Day?

It's national fast food day on the 16th November.

Buns and Patties and Fries, Oh My!

We all know them, we all love them, and yet, some of us pretend we don't - yes, we're talking about the illustrious Gods of convenience, Fast Food restaurants! But, how did we end up dedicating an entire day to celebrating these edible delights?

Our journey starts back in 2016. Our records show that the day hit its stride on the 16th of November in that very year, with a whopping 7035 mentions online! That's more shout-outs than a DJ at a wedding!

The Saucy Birth of National Fast Food Day

It isn't clear who the founding father (or mother) of this day is. As with many things in our fast-paced life, we just woke up one day and there it was - a day dedicated to Fast Food. What we do know, though, is that it's an unofficial holiday giving us the perfect excuse to indulge in our guilty pleasures without the guilt!

How to Celebrate

Well, we think the answer is pretty clear, don't we? Order from your favorite joint, try something new, or go on a gastronomical adventure, exploring as many places as your appetite (and, well, your jeans) allows. And, hey, while you're at it, why not share your feast on social media to contribute to next year's mention count?

Fast Food, Longlasting Love

Yes, fast food might not be the healthiest option, but sometimes, all you need is the comforting hug of a warm burger or the reassurance of a well-seasoned fry. And, let's face it, what would road trips be without an occasional drive-thru? Dull, that's what.

So, this November 16th, let's raise our burgers high and toast: 'To Fast Food! For always being there when we needed you the most.'

History behind the term 'Fast Food'


The Birth of the Term

The term 'fast food' was coined in 1921 by Merriam-Webster to describe food that can be prepared quickly and served to customers efficiently. It was a concept that revolutionized the food industry by emphasizing speed and convenience. Fast food establishments were originally known for quick service and a limited menu.


Drive-In Restaurants

In the 1940s, drive-in restaurants became increasingly popular. These establishments catered to the growing car culture and allowed customers to order food from their vehicles. This innovation further accelerated the demand for quick, easily accessible food. Drive-in restaurants served as precursors to the modern fast-food chains we know today.


McDonald's: The Fast Food Pioneer

In 1955, Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. McDonald's introduced a revolutionary concept: a streamlined menu of consistent, affordable food items prepared quickly and served in a self-service manner. With its efficient assembly-line production system, McDonald's quickly became the symbol of the fast-food industry.


Expansion and Global Influence

The 1960s saw the rapid expansion of fast-food chains, both domestically and internationally. Companies like Burger King, Taco Bell, and KFC emerged as major players in the industry. Fast food became deeply ingrained in American culture and began to influence global food trends. The convenience and affordability of fast food made it a popular choice for busy individuals and families.


Fast Food Marketing and Branding

The 1980s witnessed a significant shift in fast food marketing, focusing on branding, advertising, and appealing to children. Fast food chains introduced mascots, catchy jingles, and toy promotions to attract young customers. This innovative marketing strategy helped fast food companies establish a strong presence and create a lasting bond with new generations of consumers.

Present Day

Fast Food in the Digital Age

Fast food has continued to evolve with the advent of the internet and mobile technology. Online ordering and delivery services have made fast food even more convenient and accessible. Fast food chains actively engage with customers through social media platforms, offering promotions and limited-time menu items. While the industry has faced criticisms regarding health concerns and environmental impact, fast food remains a significant part of modern society.

Did you know?

Did you know that Americans eat an average of 50 billion burgers a year? That's enough to stretch around the earth over 32 times!


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First identified

15th November 2015

Most mentioned on

16th November 2016

Total mentions


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