10 Money-Saving Summer Dates to Mark on Your Calendar Now

Young parents family picnic friends park grass children summer eating, drinking laughing Love and childhood
DisobeyArt / Shutterstock.com

No other season on a busy family’s calendar fills up like summer.

Camps, hikes, vacations, camping trips, family reunions — there’s hardly a week without at least a few fun events to look forward to.

But summer events can get pricey. That’s why you’ll want to check out these upcoming June, July and August deals for family fun on a budget. Some offer discounted tickets, food, or admission. Others are completely free.

Tip: Read each promotion’s rules and regulations carefully to avoid disappointment.

1. June 7 — National Doughnut Day

Little boy child fun doughnut donut
Sharomka / Shutterstock.com

The first Friday of June — June 7, this year — is National Doughnut Day, with a hole lot of sweet freebies.

Participating chains don’t typically announce plans until very near the date, but it’s likely many from last year’s freebie deals will be involved again.

A couple of examples from 2018:

  • Dunkin’ (known until recently as Dunkin’ Donuts) gave a free classic doughnut with a beverage purchase.
  • Krispy Kreme offered a free doughnut with no purchase required.

Learn more: Check with your favorite doughnut purveyors for details.

2. Summer-long kids movie deals

children kids movies Frightened Boy and Girl Wearing New Style 3-D Glasses Movie Theater
jwblinn / Shutterstock.com

There’s something about watching movies on a theater big screen that beats even the best home-video setup.

Numerous cinema chains this summer plan special showings of kids favorites, from “Shrek” to “The Croods,” all summer long — often for $1 or less. Read the details in “How to See Movies in Theaters for $1 This Summer.”

Learn more: Also ask local theater chains and independents if they have summer children’s movie specials.

3. Summer-long Major League Baseball kids deals

Child boy standing baseball game Silhouette from back behind
Brocreative / Shutterstock.com

To ease the expense of Major League Baseball tickets, many MLB teams offer deals, giveaways and discount days for children on their websites. Go to the MLB deal page, then click on your team logo to see the team’s deals, giveaways and discount days. For instance:

  • The Minnesota Twins celebrate Sunday home games with half-price kids meals, face painting and autographs.
  • A free membership in the Boston Red Sox’s Kid Nation fan club includes a free ticket. Pay for an upgraded membership and receive more perks.
  • The Chicago Cubs have Sunday kids specials, too, including giveaways and a chance for the first 1,000 kids age 13 and younger to run the bases after the game. Baseball summer camp (starting at $425) is another Cubs option.

Learn more: Check your favorite team’s website for kids deals, giveaways and discount days. Or call the team’s office (contact information here) and ask.

4. July (date TBA) — Amazon Prime Day

surprised excited dark skinned black african american hipster young man in trendy hat overjoyed
GaudiLab / Shutterstock.com

Amazon Prime Day offers deep discounts for Amazon Prime members.

That name is a bit misleading because last year Amazon Prime Day lasted 36 hours, on July 16 and 17.

The deals can be good, especially on electronics and Amazon-branded products such as Amazon Echo devices and Kindle.

Amazon has yet to announce its 2019 Prime Day date. When it does, rest assured it will make headlines.

Learn more: Our 2018 tips tell how to make the most of the day and how to shop the sale for free if you’re not a Prime member.

5. July 11 — Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

multi ethnic Group Children Playground
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Free Slurpee Day is always on 7-11 (July 11). No purchase is required to get a free small Slurpee at your local 7-Eleven convenience store in the flavor of your choice.

In our experience, 7-Eleven stores rarely have long lines or run out of Slurpees. And July is a perfect time for cooling down with an icy drink.

Tip: Unsure which flavor to choose? Wild cherry is a good standby. Also, lemonade is always a great summer treat.

6. July 17 — National Hot Dog Day

Close up of hotdog with mustard.
Brent Hofaker / Shutterstock.com

If you relish a good hot dog, mark July 17, National Hot Dog Day, on your calendar.

We don’t know this year’s specifics yet, doggone it. But let’s be frank — they may be similar to last year’s, when chains such as Burger King, Hot Dog on a Stick, 7-Eleven and Wienerschnitzel offered free or discounted dogs in celebration.

7. July 19 — Back-to-school tax holidays start

Back to school asian girl child kid shopping buying school satchel backpack store
Chanintorn.v / Shutterstock.com

Back-to-school time sounds far off right now, when many schools haven’t even finished the school year. But fall school shopping will be here before you know it, and you’ll be looking for deals to stock up on everything from crayons to computers.

Plan ahead by finding your local back-to-school tax holiday. This is when some states suspend their sales tax on certain qualifying items. The first school-related tax holiday this summer is Alabama’s, starting July 19.

Tip: This list will tell you if your state has a tax holiday and its dates and details. Watch for restrictions, such as the maximum cost of qualifying items.

8. July 21 — National Ice Cream Day

Elena Veselova / Shutterstock.com

We all scream for National Ice Cream Day.

This deliciously decadent holiday has been around since 1984, when President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. (This year, that’s Sunday, July 21.)

Tip: Look for independent retailers and chains such as Baskin-Robbins, Carvel and McDonald’s to serve up specials and frosty freebies.

9. Aug. 6 — National Root Beer Float Day

Root Beer Float Vanilla Ice Cream
Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock.com

Refreshing root beer and delicious vanilla ice cream pair up for the perfect summer drink. And Aug. 6 offers a chance to snag a deal on this beloved drink.

Where? Try your local A&W and Wienerschnitzel restaurants, for sure. Some Marriott hotels may participate, along with local and regional eateries.

10. Aug. 25 — National Park Service anniversary

travel
Maridav / Shutterstock.com

America’s National Park Service is a globally recognized gem that manages stunning parks from coast to coast.

Congress established the NPS on Aug. 25, 1916. The event is celebrated annually with free admission at every national park.

See the NPS birthday page and check again, closer to the date, for special events at the park of your choice.

Learn more: Can’t get to a national park on Aug. 25? Two more free-admission dates are scheduled later this year.

What are your favorite summer freebies and deals? Tell us in a comment below, or on Money Talks News’ Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
10 Common Expenses That Have Skyrocketed for Seniors
10 Common Expenses That Have Skyrocketed for Seniors

Retirees must stretch their dollars further and further these days — no thanks to these costs.

How to Buy a Refrigerator, Step by Step
How to Buy a Refrigerator, Step by Step

Here’s how I got the perfect appliance at the perfect price.

5 Ways Your Phone Can Slash Grocery Costs
5 Ways Your Phone Can Slash Grocery Costs

These free apps and websites can help you get cash back on groceries, shop more efficiently or squeeze the most from the ingredients you have on hand.

The 5 Most Expensive U.S. States for Retirees
The 5 Most Expensive U.S. States for Retirees

If you expect to have modest retirement income, you may want to avoid spending your golden years here.

The 5 Worst Home Upgrades for the Money
The 5 Worst Home Upgrades for the Money

These home improvement projects basically never pay off.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles
The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles

One automaker takes half the spots on a list of the longest-lasting vehicles.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco
9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

Are you missing out on serious savings at your favorite warehouse club?

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic
11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic

Many goods we take for granted have become tough to find in 2021.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers
6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers

Imagine having $245,000 stolen from your retirement account — and not being reimbursed.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.
This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.

This brand’s vehicles are least likely to give drivers repair headaches, according to J.D. Power.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know
7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.