There seems to be a holiday for absolutely everything. And while it’s easy to scoff at the silly ones (Ear Muff Day? What?)… it goes without saying that the national breakfast holidays are the only ones worth celebrating. It doesn’t hurt that many retailers host swoon-worthy deals on these days. The secret to taking advantage of these promotions is to know about them to begin with. It starts with marking your calendar with the most popular breakfast holidays. Put them in your Google Calendar if you must. It’s a foolproof way to fulfill your duties as the breakfast-obsessed foodie you know you are.
January 30: National Croissant Day
February/March, Day Before Ash Wednesday: Pancake/Shrove Tuesday
Determined by Easter, this day is celebrated by indulging in rich foods before fasting for Lent. It’s also known as Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. Visit IHOP on Pancake Day for free pancakes or swing by Friendly’s, Denny’s, and Waffle House for breakfast discounts.
March 7: National Cereal Day
One would only hope that the world’s easiest breakfast has its own day. Try frankensteining your cereal for the breakfast of your dreams.
March 25: International Waffle Day
This glorious day was established in Sweden as a way of welcoming spring by chowing down on waffles. Who’s meeting me at Waffle House?
April 16: National Eggs Benedict Day
It’s the perfect excuse to get fancy with your breakfast. What’s up, avocado eggs benedict.
June, First Friday: National Doughnut Day
Created in 1938, this day is a tribute to the ladies (“Doughnut Lassies”) who gifted baked goods to soldiers during World War I. Pay a visit to Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts on this day to celebrate.
August 24: National Waffle Day
Yes, you get to celebrate waffles twice a year. This American breakfast holiday marks the day that the waffle iron received its patent in the 1860s.
August/September, Saturday Before Labor Day: International Bacon Day
Obviously we’re going to take this day very seriously. There’s a reason why Extra Crispy has a Bacon Critic, after all.
September 29: International Coffee Day
International Coffee Day is a major treat for coffee enthusiasts. On this day, stop by Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme for discounted brew.
October 4: Cinnamon Roll Day
Cinnamon Roll Day is another Swedish-born holiday that celebrates home-baked goods. The Swedes are clearly onto something.
October, Second Friday: World Egg Day
Our breakfasts would be lost without the almighty egg. Established in 1996, World Egg Day embraces one of the best breakfast foods out there.
November 28: National French Toast Day
If you absolutely must go shopping on Black Friday, the least you can do is pick up ingredients for National French Toast Day.
December 17: National Maple Syrup Day
This holiday gives you full permission to cover everything in maple syrup. Everything.