Every day is a day to celebrate something, and Thursday, July 13 is no exception. It's National French Fries Day, and many people will participate by eating some of those delicious potato strips. According to reports, the average American eats at least 30 pounds of French fries in a year.

Deep-fried Potatoes are served at almost all restaurants and eaten by kids and adults. There are not many people who do not love those deep-fried potatoes. However, some people love them a little more than others.


The name might imply that the food originated in France, but that's not the case at all.

They are so named because during World War I, American soldiers arrived in Belgium and tasted Belgian fries. They called them French fries because French was the official language in Belgium at that time. The name for the potatoes caught on, and people have been using the name since then even though there is nothing French about the potatoes.

In some places, the potatoes are called chips, finger chips, or French-fried potatoes. They can be eaten alone as a snack, but most of the time they are paired with a hamburger, cheeseburger, or some other sandwich. People can enjoy the potato in many different ways such as Cajun-style, crinkle, waffle, curly, or fries covered with chili and cheese.The long narrow ones are called shoestring fries or skinny fries like the ones sold at McDonald's.

The thicker ones are called steak fries.

French fries are delicious just as they are. However, people like to dip them in some type of sauce or spread something on them. It is a matter of personal taste what people put on them. Toppings include ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, cheese, chili, vinegar, ranch dressing, or something else.


Many fast food restaurants are offering free French fries on July 13. In fact, McDonald's offers free fries not only on National French Fries Day, but every day through September 7 when customers order them through the restaurant's app. Bob Evans is giving away free sweet potato fries with any purchase. Houlihan’s restaurants are serving bottomless fries all day on Thursday.

Today, restaurants also serve sweet potato fries. Sometimes, they are listed on the menu, but most of the time, customers must ask for them.

Celebrate National French Fries Day by eating some without feeling guilty because people all over the world will be celebrating with you. It doesn't matter if you eat them for lunch or for dinner as long as you eat them sometime during the day.