HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHICKEN BOY! Each year on September 1, thousands of people across the United States celebrate National Chicken Boy’s Day in honor of his September 1 ceremonial birthday.
A roadside icon which is often referred to as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles, California”, Chicken Boy is a statue of a boy, with a chicken head, holding a bucket of chicken. Standing 22 ft. tall, he was named after the former 1960′s restaurant that shared his name.
The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984. At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye and it was placed in storage until a suitable location could be found. Some twenty years later, Chicken Boy was moved to his new home at Inouye’s design firm. The result of the restoration of Chicken Boy was a community effort and donated funds.
A famous landmark on the historic U.S. Route 66, Chicken Boy was recognized by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Governor’r Historic Preservation Award in 2010.
- Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Sacramento, California, 2010.
- Community Beautification Grant, City of Los Angeles, 2005-2006.
- California Preservation Foundation, Three Minute Success Story, 2009.
- Highland Park Heritage Trust Preservation Award, 2009-2010.
- Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2009.
- Commendation, California State Assembly, Sacramento, California, 2010.
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Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chicken Boy’s Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.