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

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Regardless of what this giant freaking snowstorm wants 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 25th 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 it encourages guests to snap a photo and post it to social media for a chance to win free Italian ice for a year.

Free Ice for a Year?

That’s right, Rita’s is also bringing back its First Day of Spring Photo Contest, which guests can enter to win free Italian ice for a whole year.

All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself enjoying your Italian ice with the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpring. Fans will then vote on the submission they think shows the most creativity, originality and — of course — excitement for the season.

Read the full rules here, and get ready to showcase your spring spirit!

Your Turn: Do I even have to ask if you’re going to go snag your free Rita’s?!

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.