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Rita’s Italian Ice Has Freebies on March 20. Here’s How to Get Yours

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Regardless of what the cold weather and snow storms up North want us to believe right now, the start of spring is riiiiight around the corner.

And to celebrate the promise of warmer days ahead, Rita’s Italian Ice is back with its 26th annual First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway.

Whatever You Call It, It’s Free

Whether you call it water ice (questionable to this Southerner), gelato (fancy but incorrect) or just plain old Italian ice, it’s all the same delicious (and free!) stuff.

You can pick up your icy treat on March 20 between noon and 9 p.m. at any of the more than 600 Rita’s locations.

Last year, Rita’s gave away almost 1 million cups of Italian ice during the nine-hour promotion period. (That’s close to 500,000 pounds!)

Rita’s will hand out the free ice in specially designed “First Day of Spring” cups, and encourages guests to snap a photo and post it to social media for a chance to win free Italian ice for a year.

What’s Your Excuse? Post It to Win a Trip to Miami

But wait, there’s more! Rita’s is also giving away a three-day, two-night “Ultimate Hooky Trip” to Miami. To enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is post your best excuse for ditching all your daily responsibilities on the first day of spring and keep your fingers crossed that your excuse lands you on a sunny beach in Miami.

There are only a few days left to post your excuse and enter to win the “Ultimate Hooky Trip,” so read the contest rules and post your excuse here by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

Jessica Gray, an editorial assistant, contributed to this post.

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