National Bagel Day – January 15, 2020

Wed Jan 15

What is National Bagel Day?

National Bagel Day is January 15. Bagels have a history that is richer than your favorite cream cheese spread! These rounds of dough can be found just about anywhere: breakfast joints, coffee shops, supermarkets, or even your kitchen pantry. In fact, 2018 saw more than 354 million bagels sold. 

National Bagel Day History

Bagels have a long and highly documented history that travels from the Jewish families of Poland in the 1600s to wrapped up in parchment paper in your hands today. And, unlike many things created nearly five-hundred years ago, bagels are remarkably unchanged. Sure, cream cheeses and butters and flavors and toppings may have evolved over time but bagel is a beigel is a beygal
 
Bagels made the jump to America with a massive Polish-Jewish immigration in the 1800s that firmly entrenched itself in New York City where it thrived. In fact, an entire union was created in the early 1900s called Bagel Bakers Local 338 to support the growing, immigrant-led industry. That also begat the “bagel brunch,” that we still enjoy to this day with little to no changes: lox, cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, and red onions. 
 
While bagels were hugely popular in New York City almost immediately, they didn’t make their way to the national scale until the mid 20th-century where automation and bread slicing (the coolest thing!) made mass manufacturing much more efficient. Since then, bagels have taken off to include a variety of flours, toppings, dips and smears but still remain – by and large – exactly as they were in the 1600s. 

National Bagel Day timeline

1950s

Bagels Become An American Staple

Bagels are sold in supermarkets across the nation and surpass the donut as an essential breakfast item.

Early 1900's

New York Icon

Over this century, the popularity of bagels spread through the growing Eastern European and Jewish-immigrant communities in New York City.

1610

New Baby, New Bagel

The first known written records about bagels appears in Krakow, Poland which dictated that bagels should be gifted to women soon after childbirth.

1300s

The First Bagel Appears

The beginnings of the modern bagel can be traced to the Polish obwarzanek, a thin, boiled, then baked ring of dough.

Traditions of National Bagel Day

Eat a bagel
Pretty easy! Head to your local bakery and take a big ole bite into a yummy, warm, crispy, doughy, bagel with your favorite toppings!
 
Bake a bagel
Surprisingly simple and rather enjoyable, there’s nothing that tastes or smells better than freshly baked bagels straight out of the oven. A great activity for you and your loved ones. 
 
Give a bagel
Considering that the initial written context of bagels came as a traditional gift for pregnant women, this will go great at any maternity ward! Or, just give it to someone you know who lives bagels. 

National Bagel Day Stats

54% like ’em fresh
Of Americans eat fresh bagels. While it may be convenient to stock up on store-bought, it’s clear that we have a preferred palate for freshly baked bagels. 
 
77% make ’em a meal
Of bagels are eaten as the main dish for whichever meal that may be. These hardy rings of fresh dough are sustainable enough to 
 
75% like ’em toasty
Of bagel eaters prefer theirs warmed up and will gladly buy a fresh, hot one over anything cold. With nearly 90 percent of users putting cream cheese, butter, or some kind of topping on it, it’s clear that the contrast between hot and cold is the desired method of bagel consumption.

National Bagel Day FAQs

When is National Bagel Day?

National Bagel Day is every year on January 15. 
 

Should I eat a bagel on National Bagel Day?

We recommend eating bagels as often as possible, but especially so on National Bagel Day. 
 

What's the difference between a bagel and a donut?

Bagels are actually a type of bread, which is different than a donut, which is a type of fried dough. 
 

National Bagel Day Activities

  1. Have a bagel at every meal

    Take this day as an opportunity to appreciate the versatility of the bagel, and feel free to use it as an excuse to try as many flavors as you would like!

  2. Share the bagel love

    What office, classroom, or group of friends doesn't love bagels? Scope out your local bagel shops for exclusive National Bagel Day deals and spring for a dozen delicious bagels to share.

  3. Find the best bagel in town

    Everyone has their favorite bagel place, so maybe it's time to figure out which one is the best. Maybe each place has its own specialty bagel — be adventurous and try it out!

Why We Love National Bagel Day

  1. There are countless varieties

    Have you ever walked into a bagel shop and noticed all the different flavors available? From bagels weaved with cinnamon raisin swirl to the classic everything bagel, there is always a variety to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings.

  2. Bagels are versatile

    Many of us have had bagels for breakfast, but how about as a deli sandwich or maybe a pizza bagel? The chewy and dense texture make bagels a perfect vehicle for toppings, spreads, anything else delicious you can think of!

  3. They are convenient

    You can find bagels at grocery stores, coffee shops, and even gas stations. You can eat them toasted or just plain. Either way, they are still a delicious and easy choice when you are on-the-go.

National Bagel Day dates

YearDateDay
2020January 15Wednesday
2021January 15Friday
2022January 15Saturday
2023January 15Sunday
2024January 15Monday

Let’s get social

Here are some special hashtags for the day.

#NationalBagelDay #BagelDay #creamcheese