Cow Appreciation Day is Here — And That Means Free Chick-Fil-A!

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Love Chick-fil-A? Then don’t miss your chance to snag your favorite dish on Cow Appreciation Day — for free.

Mark your calendar to show your appreciation for cows (and chicken sandwiches) on Tuesday, July 12. Stores will celebrate from opening until 7 p.m.

Fun fact: Chick-fil-A first launched its cow campaign in 1995, featuring billboards with three-dimensional cows holding now-iconic “Eat Mor Chikin” signs.

How to Get Free Food at Chick-fil-A

“Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire, whether it’s head-to-hoof or sporting a cow-spotted accessory, will be rewarded,” a press release said.

Basically, wear “anything cowlike” to receive a free entree. It’s good for breakfast or the lunch/dinner menu, depending when you arrive.

Your little ones can also get a kid’s meal for their efforts.

Not sure what to order? Skip right to the sweets and redeem your entree for a milkshake, iced coffee, frosted coffee or frosted lemonade.

For something heartier, go for one of three salad options.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Chick-fil-A classic chicken sandwich.

The Rules Have Changed, But It’s Still a Good Deal

Cow Appreciation Day is now in its 12th year. Longtime Chick-fil-A fans may remember the event taking place on a Friday, but in 2015, it was moved to a Tuesday for an experience that’s less hectic than the typical Friday fast-food rush.

The event also used to require donning an entire cow costume in exchange for a full free meal. Managers could, at their discretion, reward patrons partially dressed as cows (think hats and headbands) with a free entree.

But now, it’s a little simpler to earn your free food.

Now, About Your Costume

Even though you don’t need to be fully dressed as a cow, you might be tempted to order a cow costume on Amazon just for the occasion.

But it’ll take you a few years of Cow Appreciation Day visits to earn enough free sandwiches to pay for the costume — unless you’re anticipating some serious time on the Halloween party circuit.

The absolute easiest way to get in on this party was designed with the DIY inept in mind: Cut out irregularly shaped “spots” from black paper and tape them to a white T-shirt.

If you’d like to wear your cow tee again next year, make the shapes out of black felt and use fabric glue to attach them to your shirt.

Meanwhile, if you’re hoping to keep the kids (or, let’s be honest, your grown friends) busy for an afternoon, try making cow masks from paper plates or construction paper.

Your Turn: Will you line up for Cow Appreciation Day this year?

Lisa Rowan is a writer, editor and podcaster living in Washington, D.C. She is DIY inept.

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