Cheese Pizza Day

If you’re looking for a holiday that’s worth its weight in mozzarella, then you will probably want to learn more about Cheese Pizza Day. This fun, unofficial holiday falls on September 5th every year and celebrates a food that is close to every American’s heart – the pizza.

History of Cheese Pizza Day

It isn’t exactly clear when Cheese Pizza Day was created. The only thing that’s really known is that this holiday is an unofficial one – and as such, businesses and government buildings remain open on this day.

The history of pizza, however, is a little more straightforward. Humans have been making pizza-like foods for the past 7,000 years. The ancient Greeks made a pizza shell-like flatbread that they covered in oils, herbs, and cheeses. The Romans also made a pizza that was topped with oil and cheese.

However, it wasn’t until the 17th century that pizza really took off. And this was also the time when tomatoes from the New World were introduced to the pizza recipe. In Naples, a dish made from galette flatbread and covered with tomatoes, herbs, oil, and cheese was served to the poor.

Nowadays, pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry. And it’s extremely popular in the United States, where 350 slices of pizza are sold every single second. Just to let you know how much pizza that is, that’s over 100 acres of pizza sold each and every day, which is approximately 3 billion pizzas sold in the U.S. every year.

Facts About Pizza

  • 17% of all U.S. restaurants are pizzerias.
  • About 23 pounds of pizza are consumed by every man, woman, and child in the U.S.
  • The first pizzeria in the U.S. was opened in 1895 by Gennaro Lombardi in New York City.
  • The first pizzeria in the world was opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
  • Imo’s Pizza in St. Louis, Missouri, serves Provel cheese on their pizzas.

Celebrating Cheese Pizza Day

Cheese Pizza Day is an easy day to celebrate. All you have to do is eat some cheese pizza. You can either order a cheese pizza from one of the thousands of pizzerias that serve them or you can make one of your own.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 5 Thursday
Next year (2025)
September 5 Friday
Last year (2023)
September 5 Tuesday
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