Love Chick-fil-A? Then don’t miss your chance to snag your favorite dish on Cow Appreciation Day — for free.
Mark your calendar to show your appreciation for cows (and chicken sandwiches) on Tuesday, July 12. Stores will celebrate from opening until 7 p.m.
Fun fact: Chick-fil-A first launched its cow campaign in 1995, featuring billboards with three-dimensional cows holding now-iconic “Eat Mor Chikin” signs.
How to Get Free Food at Chick-fil-A
“Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire, whether it’s head-to-hoof or sporting a cow-spotted accessory, will be rewarded,” a press release said.
Basically, wear “anything cowlike” to receive a free entree. It’s good for breakfast or the lunch/dinner menu, depending when you arrive.
Your little ones can also get a kid’s meal for their efforts.
Not sure what to order? Skip right to the sweets and redeem your entree for a milkshake, iced coffee, frosted coffee or frosted lemonade.
For something heartier, go for one of three salad options.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Chick-fil-A classic chicken sandwich.
The Rules Have Changed, But It’s Still a Good Deal
Cow Appreciation Day is now in its 12th year. Longtime Chick-fil-A fans may remember the event taking place on a Friday, but in 2015, it was moved to a Tuesday for an experience that’s less hectic than the typical Friday fast-food rush.
The event also used to require donning an entire cow costume in exchange for a full free meal. Managers could, at their discretion, reward patrons partially dressed as cows (think hats and headbands) with a free entree.
But now, it’s a little simpler to earn your free food.
Now, About Your Costume
Even though you don’t need to be fully dressed as a cow, you might be tempted to order a cow costume on Amazon just for the occasion.
But it’ll take you a few years of Cow Appreciation Day visits to earn enough free sandwiches to pay for the costume — unless you’re anticipating some serious time on the Halloween party circuit.
The absolute easiest way to get in on this party was designed with the DIY inept in mind: Cut out irregularly shaped “spots” from black paper and tape them to a white T-shirt.
If you’d like to wear your cow tee again next year, make the shapes out of black felt and use fabric glue to attach them to your shirt.
Your Turn: Will you line up for Cow Appreciation Day this year?
Lisa Rowan is a writer, editor and podcaster living in Washington, D.C. She is DIY inept.