National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday of June every year. It’s a delightful way to kick off the summer, especially since several chains will celebrate by giving out free doughnuts on June 3.
“National Donut Day” has an interesting origin story. According to the Salvation Army, the holiday was created in 1938, but the tradition dates back to 1917. It started amid World War I, during which the Salvation Army’s volunteer Donut Lassies served the baked goods to soldiers on the front lines.
This year, you can honor the Donut Lassies — and your taste buds — by stopping by the following doughnut shop chains. These are among the spots handing out doughnuts for free on National Doughnut Day — either with or without a purchase.
For more freebies available right now, check out “10 Things You Can Get for Free in June.”
Note: Before you go for the sugar high, consider calling ahead to confirm that locations in your area are participating in these offers.
1. Duck Donuts
Snag a cinnamon sugar doughnut for free when you visit a Duck Donuts shop on Friday. No purchase is necessary.
Get a free doughnut at Dunkin’ with the purchase of any drink on Friday.
3. Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is offering one free doughnut of your choice with no purchase necessary on Friday. They’re also offering a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for only $1 with the purchase of any dozen on National Doughnut Day.
What’s more, Krispy Kreme will keep the free doughnuts rolling well beyond National Doughnut Day: Now through Labor Day, when you stop by a shop with a Hot Light while the light is on, you will get a free Original Glazed doughnut. No purchase is necessary.
4. LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee
LaMar’s is giving visitors a free donut with no purchase necessary on Friday.
5. Shipley Do-Nuts
Shipley’s is offering a free glazed doughnut with any purchase from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday, while supplies last.
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