Yes, pizza came from Italy in the 10th century, but we celebrate National Pizza Day every February 9th. It's a delicious holiday that celebrates the tasty combination of flatbread dough, tomato sauce, cheese, and various toppings to make a mouthwatering American staple. Did you know that the first American pizzeria called Lombardi's started in 1905? That key event birthed many more local pizzerias and national pizza chains in the coming century after that. You can celebrate National Pizza Day in a variety of ways.
Deals to Expect for National Pizza Day
Whether you enjoy pizza from national chain locations or you prefer mom-and-pop pizzerias nearby, there are many pizza deals you can enjoy on National Pizza Day. If you prefer local pizzerias, stop by and ask what their deals are for National Pizza Day as the day draws closer.
Here are some of the possible pizza deals you may see at national chains on National Pizza Day based on a prior year's promotion.
Dominos Pizza hosted a National Pizza Day 2021 promotion that included a large 3-topping pizza for $7.99 as long as you order carryout. They also had a special menu featuring special menu items where you could purchase 2 of them for $5.99 each. This year, Domino's is offering you $3 off your online order if you pick it up instead of having it delivered!
Little Ceasar's hosted a National Pizza Day promotion in 2021 where their crazy combos such as pepperoni cheese and a 2-liter soda only cost you $10. For a limited time, you could also try a large 3-topping pizza for $6.99 plus tax!
Papa John's had a promotion for National Pizza Day 2021 that featured 15% off regular-priced items at locations participating in the promotion. If you have a family to feed or a party to host, there was even a promotion for 2 large pizzas costing $10 each.
In 2021, Pizza Hut hosted a sale where they offered $5 off a $25 online purchase. If you sign up for Pizza Hut for the first time on National Pizza Day, you can also score free pizza just for becoming a new member.
Support local pizzerias with Restaurant.com certificates, and use code PIZZA to get a $25 certificate for just $3! 2/7-2/11 only.
Order from local pizzerias with Slice Life and save $5 off your first 3 orders with code HUNGRYX3!
Save 30% on your purchase with code PIZZA! Offer valid 2/9 - 2/11
Get your groceries and essentials delivered in as fast as 1 hour via Instacart. Free delivery on your first order of $10+.
Buca di Beppo
This more upscale family-style restaurant will offer 50% off any pizza for National Pizza Day!
Chuck E. Cheese
If you’re a rewards member (it’s free), you’ll get a delicious Buy 1 Get 1 Free Large 1-topping pizza.
If you download their Pie Life Rewards before Feb 9, you’ll get $2 off your order! Any pizza or side.
Love pizza from your hometown, but live 1,000 miles away? Goldbelly understands. They delivery local foods from around the US, right to your door. This includes pizza! And you can save $25 off orders $100+ with code 3ELLY25 or join their rewards program to save up to $30 off orders $50+ with points redemption.
Save an extra 20% off local events and dining, including at places near you that sell delicious pizzas.
Order from local pizzerias and save $25 off your first order with code US25WELCOME.
Budget-Friendly Ways to Celebrate National Pizza Day
Everyone will want to enjoy their favorite pizza pie on National Pizza Day, but it does not mean you have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the day. Here are a couple of budget-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday.
Make pizza at home
Make a 5-star pizza of your own to have for lunch or dinner on National Pizza Day! Grab your favorite pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings from your favorite store to make meal preparation quick and easy.
If you prefer everything to be homemade for that extra special touch, browse a cookbook or online recipes to find your favorite homemade dough and homemade pizza sauce recipes.
The ingredients you have to purchase to make one of these pizzas will save you money in the long run rather than ordering pizza from a restaurant or purchasing a frozen pizza. Plus, you can customize it how you desire with the types of cheese, sauce, and toppings you choose to make it a pizza unlike any other that you have eaten before.
Post your pizza on social media
Whether you are eating a homemade pizza or a slice of it from your favorite local pizzeria or restaurant chain, post a picture of you eating and include #NationalPizzaDay to get into the cheesy holiday spirit!
DIY Ideas for Celebrating National Pizza Day
Get creative on National Pizza Day as you celebrate one of America's favorite foods. Here are a couple of fun DIY ideas for you and your family and friends to celebrate the holiday.
Host a build-your-own pizza party
Host a build-your-own pizza party. It can be a pizza and movie night or a pizza and game night at your home on National Pizza Day. Whether your kids and family or with a group of friends, you will have fun either watching a movie or playing your favorite board games.
Have everyone at the pizza party build their pizza. Have personal pizza crusts for each person. Every person can pick their own sauce, special cheese, and toppings that you have available at home. Once the pizzas are assembled, get them in the oven so everyone can enjoy eating them while watching a movie or playing a board game.
Teach your kids fractions with a pizza craft
Get crafting with your kids to celebrate National Pizza Day and help them learn their fractions! Take an old pizza box (one that does not contain too much grease) or another box around your home that opens up like a pizza box. Grab some construction paper, markers, crayons, and other craft essentials for the kids to draw pizzas. Next, cut the pizza into eight small "slices," or if your kids are old enough, they can cut the "slices" themselves. Come up with fraction problems and use the "slices" as math manipulatives.
What Is the History of National Pizza Day?
National Pizza Day started back in 2000. However, it is not clear who started the holiday.
Frequently Asked Questions About National Pizza Day
Is there a National Pizza Day?
Yes, there is a National Pizza Day celebrated every year in the United States.
Why is National Pizza Day celebrated?
National Pizza Day is celebrated for people to enjoy pizza with family and friends. The holiday is to commemorate pizza's origination in Naples, Italy, back in the 10th century before it was brought to America in the 19th century via Italian immigrants settling in New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, and Trenton.
On which day is National Pizza Day celebrated?
National Pizza Day is celebrated on February 9th every year.