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National Have a Coke Day

Celebrate National Have a Coke Day with your friends and family! Enjoy the refreshing taste of an ice cold Coke and make memories to last a lifetime.
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When it is?
May 8
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United States
Introduction

Celebrate National Have a Coke Day on May 8th by picking up an ice-cold refreshing Coca-Cola! This day has been around since the early 1980s and is celebrated to honor the iconic beverage that has been enjoyed for generations. Whether you're sipping it with friends or having it as part of your favorite meal, there's no better way to commemorate this special day than with a delicious classic Coke.

History of National Have a Coke Day

National Have a Coke Day Dates

National Have a Coke Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1886</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Coca-Cola's Birth</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pharmacist John S. Pemberton invented the Coca-Cola formula in Atlanta, Georgia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1891</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Asa Griggs Candler Takes Over</div><div class='timeline-text'>Asa Griggs Candler gains ownership of the Coca-Cola brand, thus developing its distribution across the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Coca-Cola TV Ads</div><div class='timeline-text'>Coca-Cola begins television advertising with slogans like, "The Pause That Refreshes."</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Coke Day Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Have a Coke Day is celebrated for the first time, promoting the enjoyment of Coca-Cola.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Coca-Cola Enters Social Media</div><div class='timeline-text'>The brand launches its official Facebook page, extending its global reach and fan interaction.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Without Waste Campaign</div><div class='timeline-text'>Coca-Cola launches a campaign focusing on recycling, "A World Without Waste", echoing their commitment to sustainable packaging.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Have a Coke Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a Coke float</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab a tall glass, your favorite ice cream, and a can of Coke.  Put a few scoops of ice cream in the glass and pour some Coke over it.  Enjoy your homemade treat!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Mix up a special cocktail</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try mixing some Coke with rum or vodka for an adult spin on a classic beverage. If you want to get creative, add some ginger ale, lime juice, and grenadine for a sweet and refreshing drink.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake with Coke</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Coke is surprisingly versatile in the kitchen. You can make cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, or even savory dishes like pulled pork or chili using Coke as an ingredient.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for dinner</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out to your favorite restaurant and order something off the menu that includes Coke as an ingredient.  Or look for restaurants that are offering special deals for National Have a Coke Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over to celebrate National Have a Coke Day together!  Serve up some of your favorite snacks and drinks that include Coke as an ingredient.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Have a Coke Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Coke is refreshing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's something about a cold can of Coke on a hot summer day that just can't be beat. The refreshing, bubbly taste is the perfect way to cool down and enjoy a break from the heat. Plus, it pairs perfectly with salty snacks like chips or pretzels - what more could you ask for!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Coke has iconic flavors</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Coke has been around since the late 1800s, and their iconic flavors have become cult classics. From Cherry Coke to Vanilla Coke, there are a variety of tasty options to choose from - so why not treat yourself to your favorite flavor and have some fun?</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Coke supports small businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When you purchase Coca Cola products, you are supporting independent retailers across the country who rely on sales of soda to stay in business. So by picking up a six pack or two, you're helping out local entrepreneurs and strengthening your community - far better than settling for an impersonal chain store alternative!</p></div></div>

5 Facts about Coca Cola that Will Surprise You

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Coca-Cola was Originally an Alcoholic Drink</h3><p class='facts-content'>The original version of Coca-Cola contained alcohol. Inventor John Pemberton was quoted as saying “About half a wineglass of the syrup over a glass three-quarters full of water is the way it is drunk here. Delicious! Refreshing! Exhilarating!”</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It was Originally Meant to be a Patent Medicine</h3><p class='facts-content'>Coca-Cola was invented by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886, but originally only available as a cure-all patent medicine. The recipe was heavily advertised as a means to cure headaches, nervousness, and hangovers.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Coca-Cola Used to Contain Cocaine</h3><p class='facts-content'>Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine. The coca leaf extract used to make the drink had a small amount of cocaine in it, which was removed in 1903 when the company added ‘decocainized coca leaf extract'.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It was the First Carbonated Soft Drink in the World</h3><p class='facts-content'>Coca-Cola was the first commercial carbonated soft drink in the world and remains one of the biggest brands in the global food and beverage market.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The First Ads for Coca-Cola were Handwritten</h3><p class='facts-content'>The first ads for Coca-Cola were handwritten on the back page of a magazine. The company would send the magazines to local stores that sold the drink, with instructions to affix the messages to the back page of the magazine.</p></div></div>

National Have a Coke Day FAQs

When is National Have a Coke Day?

National Have a Coke Day is celebrated on May 8th every year. In 2024 National Have a Coke Day will occur on a Wednesday.

National Have a Coke Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

May 8

Monday

2024

May 8

Wednesday

2025

May 8

Thursday

2026

May 8

Friday

2027

May 8

Saturday

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