Popcorn Lover’s Day

Observed annually on the second Thursday in March, Popcorn Lover’s Day is a holiday that popcorn lovers worldwide will want to celebrate. Although popcorn is one of the most beloved snacks in the United States, with about 92% of people surveyed saying they love it as a snack, it’s also a snack that’s beginning to gain popularity in other parts of the world.

And why wouldn’t it? It’s a snack that’s crunchy, buttery, salty, and delicious. It’s also a snack that’s inexpensive, and it’s the perfect one for eating while sitting in a dark theater and watching a movie. So let’s all take the time to celebrate this delicious holiday with friends and family.

The History of Popcorn Lover’s Day

Popcorn was cultivated and consumed for thousands of years in North America. Just how long? Well, not even scientists can answer that question right now because they’ve found popcorn that was being grown over 4,000 years ago, so it’s been a long time. This popcorn was found during the 1940s in a bat cave in west-central New Mexico.

But in these early Native American societies, popcorn wasn’t just something that was consumed; it was also something that was used in rituals, incorporated into clothing, and even added to burial sites. In essence, it was vital to these indigenous cultures.

This holiday doesn’t go back 4,000 years, however. Actually, it doesn’t go back even a hundred years. According to our research, this holiday was created by a Rochester, New York resident known as Bob Matthews in 2012.

He allegedly loved popcorn so much that he decided to create a holiday dedicated to it. And since he and his wife loved eating popcorn primarily on Thursdays, they thought that the second Thursday in March would be the appropriate date for it.

Observing Popcorn Lover’s Day

What do you want to do for Popcorn Lover’s Day? How about popping up a bowl (or two) of popcorn and sharing it with friends and family? Nowadays, people have a lot of different types of popcorn to choose from.

There’s plain popcorn, buttered popcorn, and even specialty gourmet popcorn such as buffalo ranch popcorn, salted dark chocolate caramel, and even dill pickle popcorn. Of course, we can’t choose just one type of popcorn, so we’ll probably have several different varieties on this holiday.

You’ll probably be doing the same thing. Hey, why not let the rest of the world know what you’re eating on this day by posting it on the internet with the hashtag #PopcornLoversDay? Let’s all see what you’re enjoying on this glorious day dedicated to popped corn!

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 14 Thursday
Next year (2025)
March 13 Thursday
Last year (2023)
March 9 Thursday
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