JULY 13, 2017 | NATIONAL DELAWARE DAY | NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY | NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY
National Delaware Day on July 13, recognizes the First State to declare independence from the British. Rich in history, Delaware’s lands once belonged to New York and later Pennsylvania. But the independent spirit of this beautiful coastal countryside is more than just legendary.
The Delaware River and Bay derived their names from the 12th Baron del la Warr, Thomas West, a governor of Virgina. The name later carried over to the land as well.
During the Second Continental Congress, Delaware’s delegates created a bit of suspense for the history books! Read more under Caesar Rodney and George Read.
Delaware became official in 1776 when the 13 colonies declared their independence from the British government and Delaware adopted its first territorial state constitution.
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NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY
Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.
French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!
A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country. Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut.
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. It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
HOW TO OBSERVE
To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your friends and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them! Post on social media using #NationalFrenchFryDay .
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National French Fry Day.
NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY
Joining in each year as part of National Hot Dog Month, July 13th is known as National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day.
Also known as “beanie weenies” both dishes are similar to pork ‘n’ beans, but substitute hot dogs or frankfurters for the pork.
- Dating back to the civil war, bake beans emerged as one of the very first canned convenience foods.
- It is unknown who originally added franks to beans.
- Van Camp’s owns the Beanie Weenies name.
- Other brands are sold under alternative names such as Franks & Beans.
- Typical ingredients include: baked beans, skinless hot dogs, brown sugar, onion, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices.
- There are a variety of beans ‘n’ franks recipes found around the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Here is a recipe for you to try as you celebrate National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day. Post on social media using #BeansNFranksDay.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day.
About National Day Calendar
Founded in 2013 in the historic town of Mandan, North Dakota, National Day Calendar began as a kernel of curiosity that exploded into a growing collection of ways to Celebrate. Every Day, founder Marlo Anderson and his team seek out all the daily, weekly and monthly observations and celebrations to keep you up to date and informed. Through daily updates, social media, mobile applications and much more, National Day Calendar helps you #CelebrateEveryDay!