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National Tailgating Day

Get ready for a fun day of grilling and games - it's National Tailgating Day! Gather your friends, fire up the grill, and get ready to cheer on your favorite team!
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September 3rd is National Tailgating Day and it's time to break out the cooler, grill, and beer! This special day has been around since 2014 when it was created to celebrate the age-old tradition of tailgating before a sporting event. Whether you’re a football fan or just a lover of good food and company, National Tailgating Day is the perfect day to get together with friends and family for an outdoor feast. So gather your supplies and make some memories as you enjoy this age-old tradition on September 3rd!

History of National Tailgating Day

National Tailgating Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1860s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Tailgating</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tailgating is believed to have originated with Civil War spectators who travelled to watch battles with hampers of food and beverages.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1919</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Football Tailgating</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known instance of tailgating at a football match occurred at a Green Bay Packers game, though it wasn't the elaborate pre-game ritual we know today.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Tailgating Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the boom in car ownership after World War II and more organized sports leagues, tailgating became a popular pre-game tradition across various sports.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tailgating Goes Commercial</div><div class='timeline-text'>Commercial products specifically designed for tailgating, such as portable grills and specialty coolers, began to hit the market, indicating the trend's widespread popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Tailgating Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Tailgating Day was officially introduced on September 3, encouraging fans to enjoy the social and culinary aspects of the pre-game ritual.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Tailgating 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'>Host a Tailgate Party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family for a tailgate party.  Get some burgers, hot dogs, and all the snacks you need for a good game.  Don't forget the chairs, blankets and games.</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'>Grill out</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nothing says tailgating like a good barbeque.  Fire up the grill and get ready to cook some of your favorite dishes like burgers and hot dogs.  Get creative and make some unique dishes that will have everyone talking.</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'>Play some games</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Bring along some fun games to play while tailgating.  Cornhole, beer pong, horseshoes, and ladder ball are just a few of the games you can play to keep everyone entertained during your tailgating event.</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'>Decorate your spot</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put some effort into decorating your tailgating spot with team flags, banners, signs, balloons, and other decorations. Make it look like a real party and show off your team spirit.</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'>Bring the Drinks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Of course, what would tailgating be without beer?  Bring a cooler full of your favorite drinks so everyone can enjoy the game in style.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Tailgating 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'>It's an excuse for a gathering</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it is at the big game or just in someone's backyard, tailgating provides an opportunity to socialize with friends and family. It is a great way to make memories and have some fun!</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'>It's all about good food</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tailgating means delicious snacks, tasty drinks and hearty meals that are made even better because they're enjoyed in good company. Whether it's chicken wings and beer or steak sandwiches with side dishes, no one ever goes hungry when tailgating!</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'>Everyone loves camaraderie</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tailgating isn't just about eating – it's also about gathering together, sharing stories, and showing support for your favorite team. So don your colors and get ready to cheer on your team with friends old and new!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about National Tailgating Day

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When is National Tailgating Day?

National Tailgating Day is celebrated on September 3 every year. In 2024 National Tailgating Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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