Enjoy a sweet, individual pie on July 5th. It’s precisely what National Apple Turnover Day is all about! 

Also called hand pies because their design makes them portable, apple turnovers have been around since the 17th century. Bakers fill a smaller, flaky pie crust with fruit or meat and fold it in half. Once the edges are sealed, the pie is baked or fried. For added sweetness, add a dusting of sugar or icing on top. 

Nearly every culture has a recipe for a turnover in its repertoire. Whether the method is savory or sweet, the ingredients readily available determined how the dough was made. However, most doughs adjust to a sweet recipe with the addition of fruit and sweet additives such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup. 

Restaurants, bakeries, and even food trucks offer a variety of turnovers, and they make a delicious snack or meal. Apple turnovers come in a wide range, too! Caramel apple, apple cinnamon, or apple raisin are just a few of the combinations we’ve found. Be sure to check out your local businesses or try your own recipe. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #AppleTurnoverDay

We have the apple pie filling and the recipe for you to try – Apple Turnover recipe or invite a friend to join you for an apple turnover at a business near you! Share them with your family and friends. Post on social media using #AppleTurnoverDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


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July 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Methodist minister William Booth establishes a mission to help feed and clothe poverty-stricken inhabitants of London’s East End. He and his wife Catherine would rename the organization the Salvation Army.


Designer Louis Réard presents the smallest bathing suit in Paris. The suit is modeled by Micheline Bernadini.


A young Elvis Presley arrives at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee and records his first single, “That’s All Right” giving rise to rock and roll.


Arthur Ashe defeats Jimmy Connors to win the Wimbledon singles title – the first black man to do so.

July 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Sylvester Graham – 1794

The American minister’s belief in a wholesome diet led him to the creation of the graham cracker.

P.T. Barnum – 1810

Promoter and entertainer, PT Barnum created his booming show business in the mid-19th century with a menagerie of animal and human oddities he named “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

Clara Zetkin – 1857

In an effort to promote women’s rights such as universal suffrage, an 8-hour work day, and maternity leave, Clara Zetkin founded International Women’s Day in 1910.

A.E. Douglass – 1867

The American astronomer is credited with discovering the relationship between tree rings and sunspot cycles. His studies led to the development of dendrochronology which is the scientific method of dating tree rings.