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Happy Pi Day!

Pi Day is on March 14.

It's the day when geeks go wild at the mere thought of celebrating pi — the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

pi = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795 or 3.14 for short.

In celebration, Pi Day lands every year on 3/14. This year, Pi Day rolls around on Thursday, March 14, 2024. New this year? NASA had joined the fun with educational resources to explore Earth and space in the 2024 NASA Pi Day Challenge – available beginning on Thursday, March 7, 2024

Of course, the recipe for pi dates back centuries, but this year marks the milestone 35th anniversary since the day was first declared in 1988! As ususual, look for national chains offering pizza for $3.14 a pie, along with bakeries with Pi Day specials on dessert pies across the country.

Just up ahead, check out more about Pi Day deals plus fun facts on pi with related resouces on ways to celebrate National Pi Day.

Pi Day deals & freebies

If last year was any indication, watch for specials deals from Papa John's, 7-Eleven and Uno Pizzeria, joined by regional chains and neighborhood pizza joints offering a whole pie for just $3.14 on Pi Day 2024.

Whole Foods undercut the magic $3.14 number last year by offering customized oven-baked pizza for just $2.99, followed by Crossbar offering loyalty program members a FREE XL NY Slice on Pi Day with the purchase of a beverage.

Also watch for Whole Foods bakery to get in on the fun with $3.14 off on any large cherry or apple pies from the Whole Foods bakery.

And, speaking of bakeries, don't forget online dessert pie deals from Harry & David, Omaha Steaks, and even Amazon with discounts on bakeware in honor of the day. Look for special deals from your local neighborhood bakery, as well.

ENDNOTE: Pi Day can also mean pot pies! Customers who used the Boston Market app got a free chicken pot pie when they ordered any other pot pie and a beverage.

Meanwhile, watch for this year;s deals, discounts and freebies and keep it here for updates as America celebrates Pi Day 2024!

Pi fun facts

Why pi? Beautiful in its simplicity, pi (pi = periphery) is the relationship between the perimeter of a circle (the circumference) and the distance across that circle (the diameter).  For any circle, the principle is without exception universal — meaning it's always the same whether it be applied to a merry-go-round, a dinner plate, or a bicycle wheel.

For years the ancient Greeks struggled with rational numbers (those that could be written as a simple fraction) to arrive at the concept of pi. It was only later discovered that pi is an irrational number. Not crazy, mind you, but it does go on for infinity and can't be corralled into a corner.

Today, no one exactly knows who came up with the recipe for pi, but the symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, and later made popular by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Since then, pi has always been an under-appreciated concept -- except for physicists and mathematicians who truly admire its beauty.

To make up for pi's shabby treatment, the first Pi Day was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988 when visitors were invited to participate in Pi-related antics and activities. Later, all were invited back to a celebration to be served - you guessed it - a slice of apple pie.

Today, one of the museum's on-site physicists the "Prince of Pi" Larry Shaw, is duly recognized as the founder of Pi Day.

3.14 ways to celebrate Pi Day

  • Take advantage of national pizza chains (see above) who will be offering whole large pizzas for only $3.14 in honor of the day.

  • Throw a pi party! Create homemade invitations with colorful construction paper and use a compass to decorate the front cover with circles. Add a headline inviting friends to "Drop by to say pi!"

  • Decorate with pi symbols, or designate the diameter on everything round (clocks, area rugs, plates) and, of course, serve lots of round foods — like pizza pie, quiche, fruit pies, donuts, and pi-neapple rings.

  • Arrange a sing-along of Pi Day songs, play Pi day trivia, or sponsor a contest to see who can memorize the most digits of pi, i.e., 3.14159265358 with the winner awarded a freshly baked... well, you know.

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Pieces of Pi Day around the Web:

Columbus Day Pi Day - The "official" Pi Day site with an extensive history and background of the irrational number with related YouTube videos, Happy Pi Day e-cards, along with t-shirts and other Pi Day swag in the online shop.

Pi Day - Wikipedia - Fun facts, historical tidbits, including related photos and resources.

How to Celebrate Pi Day - WikiHow tips with food ideas, creating Pi Day atmosphere, making decorations, hosting games and activities.

Pi Day Pinata! - Step-by-step instructions for making a Pi Day party pinata, with photos and materials list.

Pi Day E-Cards - More than a dozen ways to wish friends and family a Happy Pi Day.


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