National Have A Coke Day

Observed on May 8th, National Have A Coke Day is a holiday with a simple goal—it’s a day on which people are encouraged to grab a Coca-Cola and spend some time with friends and family. It’s as simple as that. Of course, if a person doesn’t drink carbonated soft drinks, then they’re probably not going to want to celebrate this holiday. For those who do want to celebrate, we present some important information that all of our readers can use as inspiration for their own Coca-Cola-related celebrations.

The History Of Coca-Cola

Having been unable to uncover the history of this holiday, we went ahead and uncovered the history of Coca-Cola. This carbonated soft drink was first invented on May 8th, 1886, when Doctor John Pemberton sold the very first glass of the beverage to his customers at Jacob’s Pharmacy. Jacob’s Pharmacy was located in Atlanta, Georgia, and Dr. Pemberton sold on average nine Coca-Colas a day for every day of the first year after first selling it.

Unfortunately, Dr. Pemberton never actually had much success with his drink, so over several years, he decided to sell parts of his business to various business partners. In 1888, he eventually sold the remaining piece of his business to Asa G. Candler. Candler was an experienced businessman and recognized the potential of this drink better than Dr. Pemberton. As a result, he bought up all of the remaining rights to Coca-Cola and eventually gained full control of it.

In 1893, Asa Candler registered the trademark “Coca-Cola” with the United States Patent Office. Mr. Candler continued to extensively market the soda, and by 1900 he was selling over 370,000 gallons of syrup a year.

Facts About Coca-Cola

Below are some facts about Coca-Cola that we think most of our readers are going to appreciate. Let’s take a look at them and find out a little bit more than what we knew about this iconic soft drink.

  • Approximately 3% of all beverages enjoyed around the world are Coke products.
  • People worldwide consume over 1.7 billion servings of Coca-Cola every day.
  • The Coca-Cola Company has more than 3,500 different beverages in its portfolio.
  • Coca-Cola has $35.1 billion in annual revenue—that’s more than the income of Costa Rica.
  • The Coca-Cola brand is worth more than Pepsi, Starbucks, and Budweiser combined.
  • Coca-Cola has an estimated worth of $74 billion.

Celebrating National Have A Coke Day

National Have A Coke Day is a holiday that can be celebrated by simply enjoying one of these sweet carbonated beverages with a friend. This can be at an informal one-on-one meetup, or a person can throw a Coke-themed party. No matter how you celebrate it, however, be sure to post #NationalHaveACokeDay on social media to invite the world to participate with you. With that said, go out there, grab some friends, and enjoy an ice-cold Coke. Now you’re celebrating this holiday with style.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 8 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 8 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 8 Monday
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