National Sandwich Day – November 3, 2019

Sun Nov 3

What is National Sandwich Day?

Observed annually on November 3, National Sandwich Day is one of our favorite holidays. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he invented the first ever sandwich. As one of America’s most popular lunch items, this day gives us a great reason to enjoy a sandwich.
 

History of National Sandwich Day 

Though the combination of bread filled with cheese and meats has been enjoyed for years prior, the creation and naming of the sandwich has been attributed to the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. In 1762 the earl, who was fond of gambling, asked his cook to prepare him a meal that wouldn’t require cutlery nor interfere with his 24 hour long gambling streak. The cook gave him sliced meat between two pieces of toast, which allowed the earl to have one hand free to continue his game. 
 
Of course, neither the earl nor the cook were the actual inventors of the sandwich. It is said that prior to this aforementioned event, Mantagu had visited the Eastern Mediterranean and saw sandwiches served by the Greeks and Turks with their appetizers, and asked his cook to copy their methods for its convenience. By the Revolutionary war a few years later, sandwiches were a well established English meal. However, they didn’t make their way to America until they were included in an American cookbook in 1815.
 
The New Orlean’s Po’ Boy came around during the Great Depression during a streetcar worker strike. Two brothers who were former streetcar workers owned a sandwich shop and promised to feed any striking worker for free. Whenever a hungry worker would walk over to the shop, the clerks would say “Here comes another po’ boy,” which soon became the name of the sandwich itself. In Omaha, Nebraska, the Reuben made its first appearance. It was named after one of the players of a weekly poker game that took place in a hotel. The hotel owner decided to feature the sandwich on the hotel’s dinner menu and later, it won a nationwide recipe contest.

National Sandwich Day timeline

2006

What is a sandwich?

A court in Boston, Massachusetts ruled that a sandwich includes at least two slices of bread, and does not include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, as they are typically made with a single tortilla. 

1965

Eat fresh

Subway was founded August 28, 1965 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1929

Po' Boy for poor boys

The Po'boy was created by two brothers who owned a sandwich shop in New Orleans to feed hungry workers on strike during the Great Depression.

1762

The Earl of Sandwich

John Mantagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, named the sandwich after his town in the county of Kent.

National Sandwich Day FAQs

Is National Sandwich Day today?

National Sandwich Day, a day which celebrates one of America’s most favorite lunch foods, occurs every year on November 3.

Is a burger a sandwich?

A hamburger is considered a sandwich as its contents are placed between two pieces of bread. 
 

Who invented the sandwich?

Though the sandwich has been around for years, it was officially named by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

National Sandwich Day Activities

  1. Make someone a sandwich

    Give a sandwich to a loved-one, friend, or a complete stranger you pass on the street. Spread the love, because it doesn’t have to be a cold-cut world out there.

  2. Make it your own way

    Pick one of the many sandwich recipes online, go to your local deli or grocery store to buy the ingredients, and handle business.

  3. Cruise over to your local deli

    You’ll be amazed at all the delis you’ll find nearby. Enjoy a finely crafted sandwich at your fingertips.

Why We Love National Sandwich Day

  1. It’s a great to-go meal

    For those constantly on the go, a beautifully crafted sandwich is always the best choice. So feel free to scarf down a sambo while walking to pilates and sharing that same sambo on Tik-Tok.

  2. Familiarity

    When we go out to eat, nothing says continuity more than a sandwich. No matter where you go, if you order a ham and cheese, you know exactly what you're going to get.

  3. They're delicious

    Looking to have your mind blown? The possibilities are endless as you create your own combination of meats, cheese, Looking to have your mind blown? The possibilities are endless as you create your own combination of meats, cheese, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces to have your sandwich your way. Yes please, with some aioli spread on top., seasonings, sauces to have your sandwich your own way. Yes please, with some aioli spread on top.

National Sandwich Day dates
YearDateDay
2019November 3Sunday
2020November 3Tuesday
2021November 3Wednesday
2022November 3Thursday
2023November 3Friday