Chicken Boy Day is a celebration of a chicken statue on North Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, along Route 66, California. Made of fiberglass, the structure is 22 feet high and erected in 1960 for the Chicken Boy Fried Chicken restaurant. Until 1984, the statue remained in its place – near the restaurant. Then it was handed over to the artist Emi Inoue. Until 2007, the chicken remained with her, but then she returned the statue to its original place – the restaurant.
The origin and author of the holiday are not known. Some say it appeared as a joke on the Internet. Now, millions of people celebrate the holiday dedicated to the brave boy chicken, who was able to fight off a pack of coyotes, showing them his determination and fighting spirit. According to legend, the boy lived on a farm. One day, he was attacked by a pack of coyotes. The brave hero resisted and, as a result, defeated the enemy and protected the other chickens. Since then, he became a hero, and everyone glorified his deed. And finally, the holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate the heroism of other chicken boys and visit the Chicken Boy Fried Chicken restaurant.
- The statue is 22 feet tall and is made of fiberglass.
- The figure is jokingly called the Statue of Liberty in Los Angeles.
- In 2010, Chicken was recognized with the Highland Park Heritage Trust Preservation Award for Historic Preservation.
- The statue is preserved and maintained in excellent condition thanks to donations from caring people.
How to take part
First, find out more about who the Chicken Boy is. Read the legend telling the tale of his life – this is a touching story of an orphan who was raised by kind people from a farm. The Chicken Boy got his nickname because, over the years of working on the farm, he learned to catch chickens with ease. To learn more about the statue, visit the Chicken Museum. You can make your favorite chicken dish and organize a fun party with friends. Share the holiday on social media using the #ChickenBoyDay hashtag.
When is Chicken Boy’s Day celebrated in 2023?
Chicken Boy’s Day is observed on September 1 each year.