National Pancake Day September 26 and Other Pancake Days

  • February 8th, 2018
  • The Pancake God

Yes, it is National Pancake Day.

No, it isn’t a hoax. There is more than one pancake day.

  • National Pancake Day (Lumberjack Day) – September 26, 2017, 2018 (Annually)
  • National Pancake Day (IHOP) – February 20, 2018 (Week after Shrove Tuesday)
  • International Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) – February 13, 2018 (Annually, the day before Ash Wednesday)

National Pancake Day – Formally known as Lumberjack Day

Est. 2005

Date Celebrated :

September 26 every year. It began as a day recognized as an excuse to eat an ungodly amount of pancakes.


It began as a day recognized as an excuse to eat a lot of pancakes. and dress like a lumberjack. In 2007 it expanded and grew around Brooklyn, NY. Steadily growing it exploded and got attention in 2013. Online sites such as Buzzfeed and  took interest in the holiday gave it recognition. Perkins and other small restaurants began to give out free pancakes on this day. Today it is still recognized as Pancake Day, though many people dismiss the origin.

National Pancake Day – IHOP

Est. 2006

Date Celebrated:

Beginning of March (Exactly one week after Shrove Tuesday)


IHOP’s national pancake day started a year after Lumberjack Day did. The restaurant chain was known to celebrate as pancake day first. Their motivations were likely to set itself apart from religious origins. International Pancake Day has strong ties to the church. IHOP shows their philanthropic side by giving out free pancakes on the day. Restaurant goers receive free pancakes and give donations to the company’s charity partners. IHOP raises millions every year and set the goal in 2017 for 3.5 million.

International Pancake Day – Shrove Tuesday

Est. 1500s

Date Celebrated:

Seventh week before Easter. The day before Ash Wednesday.


Shrove Tuesday has deep religious origins dating back a few thousand years. It began as a day when people of the church would feast before the Lent season. They would feast because during the liturgical season Lent people would fast for 40 days. In the 16th century people started eating pancakes to celebrate the feast. This likely began because pancakes are an efficient way to use up sugar egg and milk stores before the fast. Pancake Day/ Shrove Tuesday continues to be internationally recognized and celebrated today.

-Joshua Bryant: The Pancake God

On this day I’ve eaten pancakes for a year straight.

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