Mark your calendars as America turns into one big pizza fest on Saturday, February 9, 2024.
Watch for national pizza chains like Domino's, Papa John's and others to be participating with National Pizza Day deals and freebies on the big day, along with neighborhood pizza joints joining the fun.
Just up ahead, check out more about National Pizza Day including a bit of pizza history, fun facts, and related resources around the web:
2024 National Pizza Day freebies, deals & discounts
While we wait to see the best deals for National Pizza Day 2024, the nation's most popular pizza in terms of sales = Dominoes - will be on the front lines of offering customers special discounts in honor of the day.
Last year, for example, Domino's nationwide offered two menu items for $7 each for National Pizza Day.
Papa John's followed by introducing its Crispy Parm Pizza just in time for National Pizza Day for $13, along with its heart-shaped pizza for $12 just in time for Valentine's Day.
Pizza Hut brought back their oversized Big New Yorker pizza with double pepperoni for $14 in honor of the day.
A free large Chuck E. Cheese pizza with any one topping was available to customers when they bought one at regular price at select locations.
Meanwhile, keep it here for updates on what 2024 National Pizza Day has in store!
How else to celebrate National Pizza Day
That;s easy. Think .... pizza party!
Take advantage of all the savory deals that come with National Pizza Day (see above) and invite friends over to celebrate that night. Or, gather co-workers for a lunch celebration at a local pizza shop. If you are a boss or manager, a free pizza get-together away from the office is a real morale booster.
Homemade pizza anyone?
It's fun and easy. Just visit your local supermarket and look for pre-made pizza dough, along with pizza or marinara tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, and your favorite toppings. Assemble it at home and bake for about 20 minutes at 375°F, or until the crust is golden and the cheese hot and bubbly.
And, remember Valentine's Day is just around the corner if you want to make a homemade heart-shaped pizza for one of the most romantic days of the year.
A slice of pizza history
In the 18th century that Naples, Italy first popularized pizza. But it cam trace its start even earlier to flat breads that were topped with various ingredients and sold as a street food or quick snack.
Recognizing tomato and cheese as the tastiest combo, Naples came to boast more than 50 pizzerias by the early 19th century and doubled the number of pizza shops several decades later. Pizza's popularity soon spread throughout Italy and the rest of Europe.
Pizza finally made its way to the US with the wave of Italian immigrants landing on America's shores at the turn of the century. And, in 1905, Lombardi's was the first pizzeria to open in the United States. Still located in the Little Italy section of Manhattan, Lombardi's is famous for offering smoky-crusted coal oven baked pizza the old-fashioned way.
National Pizza Day fun facts
• Domino's is America's favorite pizza chain, followed by Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Papa John's.
• Along with national chains, about 20,000 mom & pop pizzerias still operate nationwide.
America's favorite pizza topping is pepperoni, followed by extra cheese, mushrooms, and onions.
• 93% of Americans order pizza at least once a month -- and over 40% do it at least once a week (who wants to cook dinner on a Friday night?)
• All told, American consumer 3 billion pizza pies each year.
• According to a Slice survey, fewer orders of pineapple pizza are being reported as pickle pizza rises in popularity.