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The Ultimate Calendar of Pizza Holidays

Pizza lovers (so literally everyone), rejoice for February 9 is National Pizza Pie Day! Though not yet recognized as a federal holiday, it’s formally a day where we can come together, break a pie, and celebrate the best food. It reminds us that no matter what decrees you uphold–whether you balk at pineapple pizza or not, fold your slice or eat it with a fork and knife–pizza is the common denominator. And boy is it a tasty one.

But one day out of the year is not enough. And after the day of revelry has come and gone, what else is there to look forward to? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other holidays to celebrate (not that we ever need an excuse to eat pizza)!

January 20 – National Cheese Lover’s Day

The holiday is held in appreciation of cheese, the most magical of all dairy products. Pizza has cheese! Therefore it counts!

Second Full Week of January – National Pizza Week

Taking place every second full week of January, you can celebrate pizza for an entire week. That means 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 hours–you get the point–of pizza. Pro-tip: have your local pizza delivery spot on speed-dial.

Second Week of February – Great American Pizza Bake

During the second week of February, you’re encouraged to not only consume pizza, but to try your hand in making it. But maybe order one just in case.

February 9 – National Pizza Pie Day

Dedicated to honoring (and eating) pizza, this is the holiday to celebrate. First invented in the 10th century in Naples, Italy, pizza is one of the longest-standing foods of tradition. In 1905, pizza was introduced upon New York’s own Lombardi’s opening. The rest is history. Over the years, pizza has undergone many iterations and interpretations but has never lost its integrity or appeal. We salute you, pizza.

March 14 – National Pi Day (so it’s math, not food)

We’re taking some creative license with this one. It’s technically math but who says you can’t have both? It’s a pizza pi(e) after all.

April 5 – National Deep Dish Pizza Day

A full day seems pretty appropriate when it comes to enjoying a Deep Dish Pizza. Also known as Chicago-style, this pizza claims the Windy City as its home. More pie than slice, the pizza’s depth is comprised of thick layers of cheese, meat, and sauce.

Third Friday in May – National Pizza Party Day

What’s better than enjoying a pizza? Enjoying one with friends! This holiday encourages communal pizza eating. May we suggest a pizza crawl or potluck where each guest brings a pie from their own favorite pizzeria? That way, everyone can try a variety of toppings and somewhere new!

June 4 – National Cheese Day

Another day to celebrate cheese? We’ll take it! Go ahead and get extra cheese on that slice; it’s your civic duty.

June 11 – Pizza Margherita Day

A call to celebrate the Pizza Margherita, the effortless Neapolitan made with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and dressed with quality olive oil. The combination of traditional flavors and uncluttered toppings makes the Margherita a popular choice and beautiful ode to its Naples origin.

July – August

So far no holidays are listed during this two month stretch so we’re claiming them as ours. Have some free time on your hands and looking to explore this summer? Check out our guide to your next pizza road trip for some inspiration!

September 5 – National Cheese Pizza Day

The simple and humble Cheese Pizza. Made with a tomato base (though some variations use a white sauce), the cheese performs solo here. Need to decide on what type of cheese? Check out our suggestions!

September 20 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day

Despite the infinite possibilities, Pepperoni continues to place as the most popular topping. It’s as delicious as it is iconic and we’re more than happy to help honor its universal appeal.

International Beer and Pizza Day – October 9

Isn’t there a saying, “have no fear, there’s pizza and beer?” Partake in this merriment by matching a pie with some hops. Check out our guide on how to pair beer with your slice.

October – National Pizza Month

That’s more like it! You thought a week wasn’t enough? Hold onto your pumpkin spice lattes because celebrations run for a full month during October!

October 11 – National Sausage Pizza Day

Be sure to celebrate the faithful and robust Sausage Pizza. The select and hearty protein can be complemented with acidic peppers, earthy mushrooms, or even more meat like spicy pepperoni and salty ham.

November 12 – National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day

Wow, calling us out. Listen, we get that Anchovies can be a bit of a dark horse when it comes to pizza toppings but we here at Slice support any and all decisions that allow pizza consumption. So go forth and order a pizza from your local pizzeria (even if it includes fish)!

—Amanda Yam

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