National Rainier Cherry Day - July 11

National Rainier Cherry Day – July 11


In 1952 at Washington State University, Harold Fogle created a new cherry by cross-breeding the Bing and Van cherry varieties.  This new cherry was named after Mount Rainier.  Now, each year on July 11th,  National Rainier Cherry Day is observed.

Rainier cherries are sweet cherries that have a thin skin and a thick creamy-yellow flesh.  They are a temperamental crop that are very sensitive to temperature, wind and rain.  Each season almost one-third of their crop is eaten by birds.

Due to their superior taste, Rainiers are considered a premium cherry.

As part of it’s Tree-to-Table program, on July 11, in honor of National Rainier Cherry Day, the Northwest Cherry Growers have hand-picked one restaurant in each state that will take part in their program in which each of the 50 restaurants will be dishing up at least one signature menu item featuring fresh cherries from the Northwest highlighting delicious Rainier cherries.

For more information, see:


To celebrate, get some rainier cherries to enjoy. Post on social media using #RainierCherryDay to encourage others to join in as well.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Rainier Cherry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


One Response to “NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY – July 11”


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