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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 1, 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 Pizza 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 1, 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 classic donuts – no purchase necessary! Classic donuts include cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and bare. Additionally, the donut joy continues throughout the month, because each customer will also receive an exclusive buy one, get one free donut coupon redeemable before June 17.

4. La Mar’s Donuts

La Mar’s Donuts has something special planned for National Donut Day – keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

5. Salvation Army Shops

It all began with The Salvation Army, and shops across the country are celebrating the National Donut Day tradition this Friday with free donuts, contests and games – including the second annual Donut Eating Championship in Los Angeles.

6. Papa John’s

Yes, Papa John’s is celebrating National Donut Day with free donut holes, but so far the promotion is only at participating locations across Washington state.

If you do live in Washington state and order a pizza online on Friday, June 1, you’ll get a free 10-piece order of cinnamon- and sugar-dusted donut holes with caramel creme filling.

7. Entenmann’s Bakery

In honor of National Donut Day 2018, Entenmann’s Bakery is giving out a whole lot of dough. The company is searching for its first ever Chief Donut Officer. A chance to win $5,000 AND free donuts for a year? Count me in!

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.

Editorial Assistant Jessica Gray contributed to this post.

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