National Cherry Pie Day

National Cherry Pie Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on February 20th every year. It’s a day on which people are encouraged to enjoy the second most popular pie in the U.S., second only to the apple pie. This is a pie that’s best served hot with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top. After all, cherry pie is probably one of the biggest comfort foods around, so no one should miss enjoying some on this holiday.

The History Of Cherry Pie

We couldn’t uncover the history of this food holiday, so we decided to research the history of cherry pie instead. What we discovered is that we can’t determine the exact decade when the first cherry pie was created—at least, we can’t do it with any sort of accuracy.

What we can do, however, is to go through the history of pies and come up with a theory as to when cherry pies might have been invented. What we know about cherries is that they were first cultivated in Asia Minor—somewhere between the Caspian and Black Seas.

It’s known that the Greeks and Romans grew and used cherries extensively, and it’s believed that birds brought cherries to Europe. So for thousands of years, people had access to cherries, so let’s take a quick look at the history of pies and try to figure out when the two might have come together to form the first cherry pie.

It’s known that the early Romans and Greeks learned how to make pies from the ancient Egyptians, so it’s conceivable that people in those cultures could have used cherries in their pies. Unfortunately, there are no recipes that we know of for cherry pies.

There were plenty of pies made using honey, goat cheese, herbs, and other ingredients, but we couldn’t find any mention of cherry pies. In our opinion, and this is our opinion only, cherry pies as we know them were probably made with any sort of frequency in Europe around the 16th century.

Although tradition says that Queen Elizabeth I was the one who made the first cherry pie—we feel that the pie was probably made a little bit before then. Regardless of who invented these pies, however, millions upon millions of people have enjoyed them—and that’s an indisputable fact.

Celebrating National Cherry Pie Day

This is the part of this article where we tell people how they can celebrate this holiday. However, in this case, we feel everyone knows how they should celebrate this day. The best way to celebrate it is to have a nice slice of cherry pie. It’s as simple as that. Or, if you want to elaborate a little bit further on this day’s festivities, then you can always use the hashtag #NationalCherryPieDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 20 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
February 20 Thursday
Last year (2023)
February 20 Monday
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