SAN ANTONIO – Whataburger plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary on Aug. 3 as a Southern burger icon and as one of the nation's largest burger chains, operating more than 700 locations in 10 states. It plans to host "Orange Night Out" at most of its restaurants on Tuesday, Aug. 3 Each dine-in customer who comes dressed in the company's signature orange will receive a free Whataburger.

"Whataburger has been blessed with 60 years of success thanks to the loyalty of our customers, the hard work of our employees and the commitment of our Franchisees," said Tom Dobson, Whataburger chairman and chief executive officer. "In 1950, when our Dad opened the first Whataburger in Corpus Christi, he served over 400 customers that first day. Here we are, 60 years later, and on any given day, we serve over 460,000 customers. We are thankful for the success our family owned company has achieved and eager to continue serving our customers for many more years."

The company will also search for its biggest Whataburger fan with an online contest starting Aug. 4. Customers can submit pictures and essays or videos to show their love for Whataburger for a chance to win 60 years of free Whataburger, a trip to the Whataburger convention in Dallas, Texas, and other prizes.

Whataburger has restaurants in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The company is based in San Antonio and generates sales of more than $1 billion annually.