National Lobster Day

National Lobster Day is a holiday that takes place on September 25th and celebrates one of the tastiest marine crustaceans on the planet: the lobster. It’s a day when people who have never tried this delicacy should give it a try, and those who are already familiar with eating lobster should celebrate the day by enjoying one of their favorite lobster recipes or trying out a new one.

Anyone observing this holiday should probably keep in mind, however, that they’re going to want to make sure they have plenty of butter available to enjoy their lobster in style.

The History of National Lobster Day

National Lobster Day isn’t a holiday that has roots as old as Easter or Halloween. It was only designated a holiday in 2014. This is when Senators Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine drafted a joint resolution that would designate September 25th of every year as National Lobster Day.

This designation is designed to recognize not only the lobster industry but also the men and women who work so hard in that industry to bring lobsters to America’s tables.

Some Interesting Facts About Lobsters

It should be noted that not only are lobsters delicious, but they’re also incredibly fascinating animals. That’s why we felt it was almost obligatory to discuss some of the things that we thought were interesting about these animals and list them below so people celebrating this holiday have something to talk about as they enjoy their meal.

Lobsters Grow Their Entire Lives

Even though we can lay to rest the myth that lobsters live forever, lobsters do spend their entire lifetime growing. And we do mean their entire lifetime.

No one knows exactly how large lobsters can get because modern lobster traps aren’t designed to catch the biggest lobsters, but it’s safe to say, since they can live up to 100 years, they can get pretty big. In 1977, the Guinness World Record went to a lobster found near Nova Scotia that weighed over 44 pounds.

Lobsters Taste With Their Legs

Lobsters have chemo-sensory legs and foot hairs that can identify potential food prospects for them. While their front antennae are designed for finding food at a distance, it’s their legs that can identify dissolved food substances that might exist in the water.

Golf Balls Were Once Made From Their Shells

At one point in time, a professor from the University of Maine created golf balls with a core made out of lobster shells. This was an effort to try to keep discarded lobster shells from ending up in landfills.

Since they’re biodegradable, they’re great for use on cruise ships or on golf courses near waterways. Unfortunately, they only achieve about 70% of the distance of ordinary golf balls.

How To Observe National Lobster Day

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the best way to observe National Lobster Day is by enjoying a nice lobster dinner. This can be at a local seafood restaurant, or if a person is adventurous, then in their own home. Some of the more common lobster recipes that people can enjoy on this day include the following:

  • Lobster Thermidor
  • Lobster Eggs Benedict
  • Chili Lobster
  • Maine Lobster Roll
  • Grilled Lobster Tail
  • Lobster Bisque
  • Lobster Cobb Salad
  • Creamy Lobster Risotto
  • Lobster Dip
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 25 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
September 25 Thursday
Last year (2023)
September 25 Monday
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