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 3, 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
Krispy Kreme is making National Donut Day international — locations across the globe will be giving each customer a free donut of their choice on June 3, no purchase necessary.
So whether you’re in Canada or Indonesia, whether you prefer powdered, glazed or filled, stop on in to grab your free donut. (Unless you live in Connecticut, which, weirdly, is excluded.)
Dunkin’ Donuts is also going global, offering customers in America and worldwide a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage.
Flash your Giant Eagle Advantage Card when you buy any hot or cold beverage on Friday, and you’ll get a free donut. But that’s not the most fun option.
If you use your card to buy six donuts, you’ll get six more free donuts.
But if you dress up like a superhero, you’ll get a coupon for a free dozen donuts. You have to use the coupon on June 3 and you can’t wear a mask, but hey, when you show up with a dozen donuts, you’ll definitely be your office’s or family’s hero.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts
With around two dozen locations nationwide, this small but celebrated chain (it’s been on the Food Network and “Roker on the Road”) is giving away one free donut to each customer on Friday, no purchase necessary.
Not all locations are participating and some are doing their own variations on this freebie, so check with your local franchise for specifics on what they’re offering.
This South Florida chain is handing out one free donut to anyone who purchases a hot coffee, iced coffee or “Chill Zone” beverage from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday.
Participating locations from Kentucky to Texas are giving away one free glazed donut per customer, no purchase necessary, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 3.
It’s not a free donut, but the Canadian chain is offering six donuts for $2.99. Just present this coupon to nab the deal.
The coupon’s actually good through July 31, 2016, so if you miss all the freebie madness on Friday, you’ve still got plenty of time to snag this deal.
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.
Win Free Donuts for a Year (and Help Charity)
But wait — there’s more!
Entenmann’s is partnering with the Salvation Army to use National Donut Day to raise funds to help families in need around the world.
This year, for every person who enters their “National Donut Day Free Donuts for a Year” Facebook sweepstakes, Bimbo Bakeries (Entenmann’s parent company) will donate $1 to the Salvation Army (up to $35,000 total).
Entries are open through July 2, so get yours in now for the chance to be one of 10 lucky winners to celebrate National Donut Day every day for a year.
Your Turn: Will you snag a free donut (or donuts) on Friday, June 3?
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 intern Kelly Smith helped research and update it with this year’s deals.