Happy National Donut Day! Here’s Where to Get Your Free Donuts on Friday

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Mmm… Donut…

You don’t have to be Homer Simpson to enjoy a good donut. And do you know what the best kind of donut is?

A free donut.

This Friday, June 2, is National Donut Day.

Unlike some other National [Blank] Days (really, National Cheese Souffle Day?), National Donut Day has an actual historical background. It was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army in honor of the men and women who served soldiers coffee and donuts to boost their morale during World War I.

From this noble tradition, we gained another All-American phenomenon: getting free food just for showing up at restaurants on certain days.

You may or may not have had a chance to snag some freebies on National Pretzel Day, Tax Day or National Pancake Day, but now’s your time to get on the free donut train. So make like the Simpson family patriarch and run out to these fine establishments to get your free deep-fried, drool-worthy treat.

Where to Get Free Donuts on Friday

1. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme will give each customer at participating U.S. and Canada locations a free donut of their choice on June 2, no purchase necessary.

So whether you prefer powdered, glazed or filled, stop in to grab your free donut.

2. Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts will offer customers a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage.

3. Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts will be giving out free donuts with any purchase. Additionally, the donut joy continues throughout the month because people with receipts printed on June 2 will receive an exclusive buy one, get one coupon for a half-dozen donuts redeemable Mondays through Wednesdays through Aug. 31.

4. La Mar’s Donuts

La Mar’s Donuts is giving out free donuts on June 2 with no purchase required if you show this golden ticket.

5. Cumberland Farms

This chain, which has locations in Florida and the Northeast, is handing out one free donut to anyone who purchases a hot coffee, iced coffee, Hyperfreeze beverage or fountain drink from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at participating locations.

6. Salvation Army Shops

The Salvation Army will celebrate National Donut Day with free donuts at shops across the country on Friday. Supporters are encouraged to share a photo of themselves with their donut using the hashtag #GivingIsSweet.

Don’t Forget to Go Local

Plenty of small-town bakeries are participating in this freebie bonanza, so be sure to do a search for your town plus “National Donut Day freebies” to uncover additional deals near you.

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

This post originally appeared in 2015. Editorial Assistant Haley Gonzalez contributed research and updated this year's deals.

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