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The strange and interesting Sidewalk Egg Frying Day is celebrated on the 4th of July in order for people to use natural solar energy in everyday life. It is not necessary to fry eggs right on the sidewalk, especially since it is unlikely to succeed. Instead, you can compete in competitions where hot surfaces of machines, foil, mirrors and magnifying glasses are used for frying.

The History

Everyone knows the popular phrase that it’s so hot outside that “you can fry eggs on the sidewalk.” The phrase was first mentioned in an issue of The Atlanta Constitution in 1899, where Francis Wade writes that sidewalk bricks are so hot that you can fry eggs on them. Later, in 1933, due to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the idea of ​​frying eggs without the right equipment captured people’s minds again. And only in 1983 in the city of Outman, Fred Eck created a real annual competition where you could compete in frying eggs using solar energy.

In fact, frying scrambled eggs right on the sidewalk is not hygienic and not entirely possible, because the egg simply will not be completely fried. However, the heat and hot surfaces have forced people to think about how to use solar energy more efficiently – even if only for frying eggs. Oatman, Arizona hosts an annual competition in honor of the holiday where contestants use creative methods to fry eggs in less than 15 minutes. Any smooth surfaces, as well as magnifying glasses, are used.

Interesting facts

On the occasion of the Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, remember that:

  • in order for the egg to be fried and fully cooked, a temperature of 150 to 160 ° F is needed;
  • it takes at least 20 minutes to fully fry an egg on the sidewalk;
  • in experiments, the most efficient way to fry eggs under the sun without electricity was to use parabolic solar cookers, using curved reflectors and heating a pot or pan to 400°F.

How to celebrate

You can try to fry the eggs yourself under the sun, and from improvised means, the disinfected surface of the car is best suited. This experience will be especially visual for children, but be sure to make sure that all participants in the experiment use a hat and sunscreen. Also during this holiday, you can learn more about how solar energy works and where it can be applied.

When is Sidewalk Egg Frying Day Celebrated in 2022?

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 4th each year.