Blog Post / February 18, 2021 / Best Practices

National Food Holidays: How to Celebrate & Make More Money at your Restaurant

by Bianca Esmond
Bianca Esmond

National food holidays give restaurants an opportunity to celebrate and capitalize on a spending trend every year with unique promotions.

But it’s one thing to recognize an opportunity, and another entirely to capitalize on it.

You need to know what to offer your guests, how you’ll organize logistics, and figure out how and what to charge to procure revenue upfront.

Keep reading for:

2021 National Food Holiday Calendar

Print out this condensed food holiday calendar to spark your team's creative juices. Scroll down for a full list of national food holidays in 2021.

holiday promotions calendar

Pro Tip: Choose at least one national food holiday above to celebrate and offer a unique on- or off-premise experience for it. This can be as small as a social media post or something larger that affects your restaurant's operations, like a limited-time menu item or a ticketed virtual event with a pre-sale on your website.

Want to up your Instagram game? Check out this scheduling template + 9 examples to copy right now. 

National Food Holiday Promotions: Ideas from Your Peers

New Years’ Day - January 1

Super Bowl Sunday — February 7th

Valentine’s Day — February 14th

Easter — April 4th

Mother’s Day — May 9th

Memorial Day — May 31st | Independence Day July 4th | Labor Day — September 6th

Halloween — October 31st

Thanksgiving — 4th Thursday of November

Christmas — December 25th

New Years’ Eve - December 31

Want more holiday ideas for your restaurant to celebrate? Here are 31 unusual holidays to help your restaurant stand out.

SevenRooms helps restaurants like yours execute on these national food holiday ideas. Learn more below.

holiday promotions for restaurants

Clients: Here’s A Guide To Events, Experiences, and Upgrades For Your Widget.

Not a customer yet? See how restaurants like yours are using SevenRooms.

Ultimate List of 2021 National Food Holidays

Bookmark this food holiday list and reference it as you plan promotions throughout the year.

January Food Holidays

February Food Holidays

March Food Holidays

April Food Holidays

May Food Holidays

June Food Holidays

July Food Holidays

August Food Holidays

September Food Holidays

October Food Holidays

November Food Holidays

December Food Holidays

About the Author

Bianca Esmond

Bianca Esmond is the Director, Brand Marketing at SevenRooms, where she heads up brand awareness, communications and event programming. Based at New York HQ, she's always on the hunt for the best sushi in the city.

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