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Super Bowl Sunday

Super Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday Military.jpg
United States Air Force Super Bowl Party.
Official nameSuper Sunday
Also calledSuper Bowl Sunday
Observed byUnited States, Canada, and internationally
DateFirst Sunday in February
2018 dateFebruary 4  (2018-02-04)
2019 dateFebruary 3  (2019-02-03)
2020 dateFebruary 2  (2020-02-02)
2021 dateFebruary 7  (2021-02-07)

Super Bowl Sunday is the day on which the Super Bowl, the National Football League (NFL)'s annual championship game, is played. It is usually observed on the first Sunday in February and is sometimes referred to as an unofficial national holiday. The 53rd annual event, Super Bowl LIII, occurred on February 3, 2019. Festivities for Super Sunday typically involve groups of people gathering to watch the game. Both "Super Sunday" and "Super Bowl Sunday" are registered trademarks of the National Football League.[1]


Although not an official holiday, Super Sunday is an occasion when many families and friends gather together to watch the game, including those who are not normally football fans.[2][3] Although sports bars have historically been busy on Super Sunday in the past, it is becoming more common for people to watch the game from home. This is due in part to the increasing size of home televisions in the United States as well as the attempts of budget conscious consumers to save money.[4][5]

Because watching the Super Bowl is so popular, stores are often empty during the game, particularly in the regions represented by the two teams playing in the Super Bowl,[6] and water usage drops, with significant rises in use during halftime and after the game, as fans use the bathroom.[7] Additionally, churches sometimes cancel afternoon or evening services on Super Sunday, hold football-themed charity drives, or deliver sermons designed to appeal to male members of the congregation.[8][9][10]

NFL executives have called for a three-day weekend in order to allow fans to celebrate the event, and there is thought to be a loss of productivity in the American work force on Monday after the event.[11][12] The television network carrying the game (either CBS, Fox, or NBC) will usually devote the entire day's programming schedule to the game, with extended pregame shows, NFL Films retrospectives of the previous season, and special versions of the Sunday morning talk shows in the morning and afternoon hours leading into the game. Competing networks, due to the severe loss of viewers to the Super Bowl festivities, generally resort to low-cost counterprogramming measures like the Puppy Bowl.[13]


Large amounts of food and alcohol are consumed on Super Sunday.[11][14][15] The event is the second-largest food consumption event in the United States, behind only Thanksgiving dinner,[16] and some police departments have noticed a dramatic increase in drunk driving on Super Sunday.[15]

Cakes bearing the logos of the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots ahead of Super Bowl LIII

Super Sunday food is usually served buffet style, rather than as a sit-down meal. Foods traditionally eaten on Super Sunday include buffalo wings, chili, baby back ribs, dipping sauces, pizza, and potato chips.[16][17] Many pizza delivery businesses see their order numbers double as roughly 60 percent of the take out ordered on Super Sunday is pizza. Roughly 28,000,000 pounds (13,000,000 kg) of chips, 1.25 billion chicken wings, and 8,000,000 pounds (3,600,000 kg) of guacamole are consumed during Super Sunday.[17][18]


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  12. ^ Riccobono, Anthony (February 1, 2015). "Should The Monday After The Super Bowl Be A National Holiday?". International Business Times. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
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  15. ^ a b Zellermayer, J (February 6, 2011). "Super Bowl Sunday drunk driving crackdown". WGN-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  16. ^ a b Corwin, Tom (February 5, 2011). "Super Bowl party food need not send diets crashing". The Augusta Chronicle. Augusta, Georgia. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
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