« All Events

  • This event has passed.

National Popcorn Day 

January 19

National Popcorn Day 

National Popcorn Day is celebrated on January 19th. #NationalPopcornDay

Popcorn is a type of corn that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. When heated, pressure builds within the kernel, and a small explosion (or “pop”) is the end result. Some strains of corn are now cultivated specifically as popping corns. Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. During the Great Depression, popcorn was fairly inexpensive at 5–10 cents a bag and became popular. Thus, while other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived and became a source of income for many struggling farmers.

National Popcorn Day

There are various techniques for popping corn. Along with prepackaged popcorn, which is generally intended to be prepared in a microwave oven, there are small home appliances for popping corn. These methods require the use of minimally processed popping corn.

A larger-scale, commercial popcorn machine, which resembled a modern movie theater popcorn machine on a cart with large bicycle style wheels, was invented  in the late 19th century.

Unpopped popcorn is considered nonperishable and will last indefinitely if stored in ideal conditions.

Depending on how it is prepared and cooked, some consider popcorn to be a health food, while others caution against it for a variety of reasons. Popcorn can also have non-food applications, ranging from holiday decorations to packaging materials.

The national anthem of baseball was born in 1908 from that point onward, popcorn,  became forever married to the game. Popcorn has another romance that may have had a slow start, but eventually took off. Today, who can image going to the movies without getting a box of buttered popcorn.

Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States.


January 19
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, ,