U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 24: National Drive-Thru Day

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America Sunday, July 24th. Today is National Drive-Thru Day, following closely on National Junk Food Day.  Today’s occasion celebrates not so much the menu, but the popularity of restaurants that serve customers on the go. The first such service is believed to have been at Red’s Giant Hamburg on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, in 1947. The following year, the concept was expanded by the In N Out Burger restaurants in California. At the time, drive-in restaurants were very popular. The serving staff — some even on roller skates — brought food to stationary cars, with the meal set on a tray attached to the car. Today, drive-throughs are a feature of many of the more than 224,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S., which employ over 3.5 million people, and generate more than $185 billion in sales each year. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Drive-Thru Day/accessed 4/22/2016:
First drive-through/accessed 4/22/2016:
Spread of drive-through and drive-in/accessed 4/22/2016:
Limited service restaurants/ NAICS 722211:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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