Catfish Day is a holiday that dates back to June 25, 1987, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan opened a presidential address by speaking about the culinary pleasures of eating catfish, and farmed catfish in particular. The President then went on to explain how catfish farming was creating both a stable income for farmers and an affordable food source for Americans.

The holiday is now traditionally celebrated on the anniversary of President Reagan’s address. It is observed primarily in the United States, by preparing and eating catfish.

Catfish are any fish from a number of species that usually feature whisker-like barbels near the mouth. They are usually bottom-feeders in freshwater, and many species are farmed or fished for food. Although catfish is a popular dish in many regions, it is extremely popular as a breaded and fried dish in the southern United States, where its popularity indirectly led to the creation of the holiday.

Several American cities now have festivals known as “Catfish Days” in late July, featuring sporting events, fairs, and other activities.

Key Info

Every June 25th

Tagged as

Join the discussion

Inline Feedback
View all comments

Find your birthday!

Find out what else is happening on your special day.

What's coming up?

Browse the next few weeks...
Celebrate with us

Also on Fri Jun 25th...

Also on Fri Jun 25th...
Fri Jun 25th, 2021

Global Beatles Day

Fri Jun 25th, 2021

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Also on Fri Jun 25th...

We think you may also like...

August, 2021

Catfish Month

Sun May 16th, 2021

Sea Monkey Day