For some, it’s the most hopeful day of the year: The first day of spring.
For others, the coming of spring means something a little sweeter: Free Italian ice!
Each year, Rita’s Italian Ice celebrates the coming of spring with free water ice. This commemoration — March 20, 2016 — is the 24th year the chain will reward spring fever with free treats.
Since many Rita’s locations are just roadside stands, the occasion can create big crowds — who are often still bundled up in winter attire.
How to Get Free Rita’s Italian Ice
This freebie is no joke.
The company says it gives out more free servings on the first day of spring than the populations of Vermont and Wyoming combined — that’s well over a million.
To get in on the fun, all you have to do is show up at your local Rita’s and choose from the available flavors (they change every day!). You’ll receive a free regular-size cup of Italian ice, no questions asked.
The best part?
The first day of spring falls on a Sunday, so you won’t have to figure out how to sneak out of work without your boss realizing you’re spending 45 minutes in line for free Italian ice.
Lisa Rowan is a writer, editor, and podcaster based in Washington, D.C. She grew up just down the road from the original Rita’s location.