National Sandwich Day November 3. Photo Credit:


The “sandwich” is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the eponymous inventor of the sandwich.  Today, National Sandwich Day, honors one of America’s most popular lunch items and is celebrated each year on November 3.

The modern sandwich is believed to be named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (later known as Lord Sandwich)  however, the exact circumstances of its invention and original use are the subject of debate.  There is a rumor in a contemporary travel book titled Tour to London by Pierre Jean Grosley formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table.  It is said that Lord Sandwich was a very conversant gambler and did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table.  When hungry, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread.  This practice of Lord Sandwich was a habit which was well known to his gambling friends whom soon began to order “the same as Sandwich” and from this, the sandwich was born.

N.A.M. Rodger, who wrote Sandwich’s biography, suggests that it was Sandwich’s commitments to the navy, politics and the arts, that mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk.

Before being known as sandwiches, the food seems to simply have been known as “bread and meat” or “bread and cheese”.

The following represent many common varieties of the American sandwich:

BLT – Cheese Sandwich – Philadelphia Cheesesteak – Club Sandwich – Dagwood – French Dip – Hamburger – Monte Cristo – Muffuletta – Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – Pilgrim – Po’boy – Reuben – Sloppy Joe – Submarine – Tuna Fish Sandwich – Veggi Sandwich – Deli Sandwich

Enjoy one of the following “tried and true” sandwich recipes:


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Sandwich Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


2 Responses to “NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY – November 3”

  1. U.S. Sandwich Council August 8, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    As far as we’re concerned, it’s the *only* holiday!


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