Got an idea for a new holiday? Let us know!
Submit Holiday

National Taco Day

Taco 'bout a celebration! Get your fiesta on and enjoy National Taco Day with delicious tacos, margaritas, and lots of fun!
Weekly And Monthly Reports - Techcloud X Webflow Template
When it is?
October 4
Location Icon
United States
Email Icon

Get ready to celebrate National Taco Day on Oct. 4! The history of the taco is a long and delicious one, with it's origins dating back to 19th century Mexico. Since then, tacos have become a staple dish all over the world in various forms including soft shells, hard shells and even vegetarian options. Whether you like your tacos loaded with cheese or extra guacamole, this day is dedicated to appreciating these wonderful creations!

History of National Taco Day

National Taco Day Dates

National Taco Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of the Taco</div><div class='timeline-text'>The exact origins of the taco are unknown, though they likely began with silver miners in 19th century Mexico. Tacos referred to the small explosives miners used to extract the ore.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tacos Enter United States</div><div class='timeline-text'>The taco made its way to America with the establishment of the first Mexican fast-food chain, "Taco Tia", by Glen Bell who later founded Taco Bell.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Taco Bell Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Glen Bell opens the first Taco Bell in Downey, California initiating the spread of Mexican cuisine across America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Variations Develop</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 1980s welcomed a variety of taco styles including fish tacos popularized in San Diego and gourmet taco trends in restaurants across America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Taco Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Taco Day is celebrated for the first time, recognized by several food magazines and networks.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Spread</div><div class='timeline-text'>By the 2010s, tacos became a global phenomenon, with variations to cater to local taste preferences in Asia, Europe and beyond.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Taco 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'>Try a new taco recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look up a new taco recipe and try it out. If you're feeling particularly daring, modify the recipe and make it your own!</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'>Organize a taco party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family for a taco party! Have everyone bring their own toppings and shells, or try to recreate an authentic Mexican taco experience.</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'>Visit a taco truck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local taco truck and take a road trip to get some delicious tacos. It's sure to be a fun adventure.</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'>Make DIY Taco Kits</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put together DIY Taco kits for your friends and family. Include all the ingredients needed to make tacos, along with instructions on how to assemble them.</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'>Host a taco eating contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite people over for a fun taco eating contest! Make it even more interesting by adding prizes for the winner.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Taco 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'>Tacos are delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>As far as comfort food goes, tacos have to be up there with the best of them. Whether you like them hard or soft, crunchy or juicy, they're always a sweet and savory treat sure to satisfy any craving!</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'>Tacos are versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The great thing about tacos is that there's no one right way to make them. You can use whatever ingredients you want and get creative with your toppings - from guacamole and salsa to sour cream and shredded cheese. The possibilities are endless!</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'>Tacos are easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tacos only require a few simple steps and minimal prep time, making them the perfect quick dinner for busy weeknights (or lazy Sundays!). Plus, all the ingredients needed to make tacos are usually easily accessible at most grocery stores - so what are you waiting for? Let's dig in!</p></div></div>

5 Little-Known Taco Tidbits for National Taco Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The World's Biggest Taco Was 246 Feet Long</h3><p class='facts-text'>In 2003, the city of Mexicali in Mexico established a Guinness World Record by creating a single taco that was 246 feet long, commemorating the city's 100th anniversary.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>"Taco" Initially Referred to Explosives, Not Food</h3><p class='facts-text'>The term 'taco' originally referred to the small charges used to excavate silver ore in 19th century Mexican mines. The switch to referring to food is believed to have occurred in the late 19th century.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Americans Consume Over 4 Billion Tacos Annually</h3><p class='facts-text'>According to the National Taco Day website, Americans consume over 4.5 billion tacos each year, enough to stretch from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and back again.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tacos Predate the Arrival of Europeans in Mexico</h3><p class='facts-text'>While the exact origins of the taco are unknown, evidence suggests that people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled with small fish long before the Spanish arrived.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The First Automated Taco Machine Was Invented in 1959</h3><p class='facts-text'>The first automated taco machine, aptly named "Taco-Go-Round", was introduced in 1959 and could produce 400 tacos per hour. However, due to the machine's size and noise, it didn't become popular.</p></div></div>

National Taco Day FAQs

When is National Taco Day?

National Taco Day is celebrated on October 4 every year. In 2024 National Taco Day will occur on a Friday.

National Taco Day Dates



Oct 4



Oct 4



Oct 4



Oct 4



Oct 4


Food & Beverage Holidays