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How to Celebrate National French Fry Day on July 13

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French fries the little pieces of potato that are so good you can't eat just one. They come in a variety of types including crinkle cut, shoestring, steak cut, waffle, curly, and seasoned. Considering
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the mass appeal, it's no wonder some break from their diets just to have some. On July 13, French fry fans can rejoice as it is National French Fry Day. Whether you dress up or prefer to eat your way through the day, there are several ways to celebrate the occasion in NYC.

Learn your facts

In honor of the day, brush up on some of your French fry facts. Did you know there is debate over whether the Belgians or French invented the French fry? According to, the British prefer to dip their fries in malt vinegar, while Americans typically prefer ketchup. There's quite a bit to learn about a tiny piece of food.

Dress up

If you're someone who enjoys dressing up in costume for special occasions, has a french fry costume that will go along quite well with the theme of the day. For the woman who wants to dress up as ketchup to her partner's fry costume, there's a ketchup dress and hat available. Your little one can also get into the spirit by dressing up as a packet of ketchup.

Surprise the dog

Your dog would probably rather have the French fries, but for the sake of healthy eating, he'll have to stick with material presents in honor of National French Fry Day. Zazzle has a dog shirt that comes in choice of two colors which has a picture of a pack of French fries on the back of it. When he needs a little play time, has a squeaking French fry toy that will keep him busy for hours.

Have a taste test

You can't celebrate National French Fry Day without eating at least a few French fries. There are two places in NYC that are ideal when you're hankering for fries. The first is Pommes Frites, which is located on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. They sell an entire menu of Belgian fries and a variety of sauces to go along with them. Some of the sauce options include War Sauce, Sweet Mango Chutney Mayo, Sundried Tomato Mayo, Blue Cheese, and Wild Mushroom Mayo. Next up is Shake Shack, which has several locations throughout the city. In addition to plain fries, they also sell cheese fries which are topped with cheddar and American cheese sauce. If I had my choice between the two, I would opt for the cheese fries.

Try different recipes

If you'd like to try making your own fries at home, there are quite a few recipes that are bound to get your mouth watering. You can find each of the recipes on and, as great as plain fries are, the Oven Baked Garlic and Parmesan Fries, the Tail Burner Firehouse French Fries and the Spicy Chili French Fries are sure to kick your meal up a notch.

With so many ways to honor National French Fry Day on July 13, it's time to throw on a pair of comfy pants that have an elastic waistband and prepare to chow down in celebration.

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Why? It's one day when you have an excuse to break your diet and have french fries in honor of a national holiday.
When: July 13
Where: In and around NYC
Cost: Depends on activity
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