A day dedicated to pizza? Check. A night off from cooking dinner? Check. Spending some quality time with the family? Check. Get ready to celebrate National Pizza Day on February 9! Although we celebrate pizza almost weekly in our house, I came up with some new ways to observe National Pizza Day this year. From a pizza crawl to reading a book, there’s something for everyone.

Have a Pizza Day Picnic

A pizza picnic is a fun and easy way to celebrate National Pizza Day. Grab a pizza, some drinks and napkins and head to a local park. Not sure where to go? Check out St. Augustine Moms Ultimate Guide to the Best Parks and Playgrounds to find a new favorite spot.

Put a New Twist on a Pizza Recipe at Home

The great thing about pizza is that no matter your preferences or diet, there is a pizza for you. One thing my husband and I really missed when we tried the Keto diet last year was pizza. We tried this recipe (except we subbed Rao’s Homemade sauce for the diced tomatoes) and it has become a staple in our house. On the Whole 30 plan? No problem! There are many Whole30 pizza alternatives from one of my favorite food blogs, Nom Nom Paleo. If you need a new spin on pizza for a picky eater (that is also lunchbox friendly) try these pizza bites.

Commemorate the Day with a Vegan Pizza

Along with Keto and Whole 30, another popular nutritional trend is eating a plant-based diet. Vegan pizza might sound like an oxymoron, but it exists and it’s delicious! Mellow Mushroom (410 Anastasia Blvd.) has vegan pizza dough and will sub out regular cheese for vegan cheese. You can also find vegan frozen pizza at Publix and other local grocery stores.

Celebrate with a Kids’ Pizza Party

How can you celebrate National Pizza Day without a pizza party? This party can be as simple as getting some pizzas delivered and inviting friends over. If you’re feeling ambitious, have kids make their own pizza. Provide pre-made dough, and ask guests to bring their favorite topping.

Read Some Fun Books about Pizza

Stop by the library and grab some pizza-themed books! For the littles, I recommend Pizza Day: A Picture Book by Melissa Iwai. For preschool and early elementary, I love Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by James and Kimberly Dean.

Go on a Downtown Pizza Day Crawl

Downtown St. Augustine has so many delicious pizza restaurants to try! Some are even nationally recognized. Pizza Time was voted the #2 Best Pizza in the country in 2015 by Yelp. I made a checklist of some yummy spots to check out. You can also create your own list for your area of town.

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Jennifer Hewett
Jennifer was born in Deland, Florida and raised in Flagler Beach. She moved to Jacksonville to attend the University of North Florida where she earned her M.A. in English. It goes without saying that she loves to read. She is a former high school English teacher and is now a part-time adjunct professor at a local college. When she’s not teaching, she stays at home with her son (5), daughter (2), and two rescue dogs. She enjoys working out and going to the beach with her family. Football is a big deal in the Hewett house! She loves cheering on the Jaguars and rooting for her husband Chris’s alma mater, the Georgia Bulldogs.