National Drive-Thru Day

National Drive-Thru Day

National Drive-Thru DayToday is National Drive-Thru Day, a day dedicated to the convenience of getting food without leaving your car!  America’s first drive-thru restaurant opened in 1947 ( and no, it wasn’t a McDonald’s).  It is claimed that Red’s Giant Hamburg on Route 66 in Springfield, Mo., developed the drive-through window service. Red’s closed in 1984, so the award for the longest-running burger drive-thru goes to the original In-N-Out Burger that opened in 1948 in the Los Angeles area.

So who created this holiday?  The first drive-thru-focused chain restaurant opened in 1951 as Jack in the Box.  The original establishment was in San Diego and was drive-thru only without an indoor dining area.  Jack in the Box is responsible for creating National Drive-Thru Day which is celebrated every July 24th.


Drive-Thrus With Secret Menu Items For Dogs

Starbucks- Get your dog a Starbucks Puppuccino, a dog-friendly treat consisting of an espresso cup filled with whipped cream. Whipped cream is generally safe for dogs, and all customers have the ability to order extra whip cream for a beverage.  This is not a regular menu item, so the whipped cream may not always be free, it just depends on the store!

In-N-Out Burger- Who doesn’t love In-N-Out?!  Let your furry friend enjoy the burger joint alongside you, and order them a Pup Patty!  Don’t worry, a Pup Patty is just an unseasoned burger- pet safe!

Sprinkles Cupcakes- Grab a dog cupcake here for your pooch for a sweet indulgence.  The dog cupcakes are sugar-free and topped with yogurt frosting.

Shake Shack- Get your dog a Pooch-ini® at the Shake Shack drive-thru, a peanut butter sundae complete with dog biscuits. Or, order the Bag O’ Bones, a handful of specially made biscuits from Bocce’s Bakery in NYC.

Johnny Rockets- Pick up some dog-friendly burgers, ice cream, and pupcakes on your way through the drive-thru.  Your dog will thank you later with lots of puppy kisses!

Dunkin’ Donuts- Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thrus keep dog treats handy and ready for any co-pilot pups. According to some social media posts, some locations may even offer puppy lattes (whipped cream in a cup), just like a Starbucks Puppuccino!

Chick-Fil-A- This chain of drive-thru will offer a snack for any dogs riding in the backseat.  You can also ask for unseasoned grilled chicken for an extra-special dog snack!


Remember, foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar are bad for your pet, so make sure the treat is animal-friendly!