Saturday, July 24
National Drive-Thru Day was created in 2002 and was founded by the original drive-thru chain, Jack in the Box.

Think you know your Drive-Thrus?
Check out these interesting historical tidbits about drive-thru culture and then take our FUN Drive-Thru survey and let us know what you think about Drive-Thrus.

The first drive-thru is believed to have been at Red’s Giant Hamburg on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri in 1947.

In 1948 the original In-N Out Burger opened a drive-thru, which is now the longest surviving drive-thru in the U.S.

In 1951 Jack in the Box created the first drive-thru chain to try and capitalize on the rapidly growing automobile culture. The first store was in San Diego and was drive-thru only, offering customers the chance to grab a hamburger for 18¢.

You may think of drive-thru and instantly think of McDonald’s. Well, you may be a little surprised to know that it was 1975 when they opened their first drive-thru. McDonald’s already had over 3,000 stores worldwide at the time and were well on their way to becoming the global leader in fast-food.

The drive-thru became so popular that it started to influence car design. In 1983 the cupholder as we know started to appear in cars.