National Cherry Pie Day - February 20
(Last Updated On: January 6, 2023)


Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree. Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.    

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish.” Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryPieDay

  • Visit your local bakery and give them a shout-out.
  • Bake your favorite cherry pie at home.
  • Teach someone to bake a cherry pie.
  • Invite friends and family to enjoy a slice of cherry pie with you.
  • Read Celebration Spotlight’s interview with Kisha Lesane.
  • And don’t forget to share your deals and creations with us! We love to see how you celebrate! Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media.


Pull up a chair and have a slice of cherry pie with us while we continue to research the origins of this pie celebrating day.

Cherry Pie FAQ

Q. Which is more popular, apple or cherry pie?
A. According to a poll by National Day Calendar, apple pie is more popular than cherry pie.

Q. Can I use fresh or canned cherries to make cherry pie?
A. Either one can be used to make cherry pie. Canned cherries are always in season and are convenient. Fresh cherries, while more work, bring a fresh flavor to the pie.

Q. How many calories are in one slice of cherry pie?
A. One slice of cherry pie contains approximately 486 calories.

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