Home > News > Industry Voices > TRIVIAL PURSUITS: When Did the First McDonald’s Drive Thru Open? Industry Voices January 31, 2012 TRIVIAL PURSUITS: When Did the First McDonald’s Drive Thru Open? In what year was the first McDonald’s Drive Thru created, and why? By PS The first McDonald’s drive-thru was created in 1975 near an Arizona military base—to serve soldiers who weren’t permitted to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues. « SURVEY SAYS: Which Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees Have You Seen?