National Donut Day, which happens on Friday, June 2, gives us a reason to devour a donut or two – like we need one – and get a bargain in the process.
But there's also a charitable origin story into how the first Friday in June became known as National Donut Day: The Salvation Army in 1938 established it to honor the organization's Donut Lassies, women who traveled to France to serve donuts and other snacks to soldiers during World War I.
Now all of us can celebrate and get free donuts (while supplies last) at the nation's biggest chains including Dunkin', Krispy Kreme and Duck Donuts – and many other makers of donuts, or "doughnuts," if you prefer.
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Dunkin's National Donut Day free donut deal
Ben Affleck won't be serving them up, but participating Dunkin’ locations nationwide are offering guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage, while supplies last, on Friday, June 2.
Check your local donut destination because participation and offers can vary by location and many are only available while supplies last. You may need to register for a rewards program, too, to qualify for donut deals.
Krispy Kreme's free doughnut deal for National Donut Day
On Friday, get a free doughnut of any kind – including Banana Pudding, Chocolate Kreme Pie, Key Lime Pie and Strawberries & Kreme doughnuts – no purchase necessary. Also buy any dozen donuts and get a dozen original glazed donuts for $2.
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The Dapper Doughnut has a six-pack donut deal
Get a free six-pack of cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donuts with any purchase from June 2-4. Valid in-store with any priced item; online deal activated with a $5 minimum purchase.
Duck Donuts has a free donut deal for National Donut Day
Get a free cinnamon sugar donut on Friday, June 2, in Duck Donuts shops. No purchase necessary.
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— Duck Donuts (@DuckDonuts) May 25, 2023
Casey's General Stores's BOGO donut deal
To celebrate National Donut Day, Casey’s is offering a buy-one-get-one-free donut deal for all Casey's Rewards members. Also during June, on Tuesday get two regular donuts for $2 or two premium donuts for $3. On Saturdays, get half a dozen donuts for $4.49.
Honey Dew Donuts' free donut deal
Get a free donut with any beverage purchase on Friday, June 2.
LaMar's Donuts' National Donut Day festivities may net you a T-shirt
Free Ray’s Original glazed donuts will be given out for free all day and some LaMar's customers will get a free National Donut Day T-shirt while supplies last.
From T-shirts to donuts, make sure you swing by your nearest LaMar’s location to join in on the National Donut Day fun! Be sure to share your experience on social media using the hashtag #LamarsDonutDay for a chance to be reshared on our social! We can’t wait to see you! pic.twitter.com/TXKNHMzXiQ
— LaMar's Donuts (@LaMarsDonuts) May 28, 2023
Maverik Adventure's First Stop has donut freebie, discount
If you belong to the Adventure club, Maverik Adventure's First Stop rewards club, you get 50% off all donuts on National Donut Day; those Adventure Club Nitro members will receive one free donut all day (one per transaction on both offers).
Shipley Do-Nuts has a free donut deal for National Donut Day
Get one free glazed Do-Nut per person Friday with purchase online (with the code Donutday23) or in-store from 5 a.m.-12 p.m., while supplies last. (Limit one per person with purchase at participating locations.)
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Get free Cinnabon Delights on Friday with any order of $20 or more on DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates and GrubHub. Just add Cinnabon Delights (2 pack) to your cart.
Tim Hortons has a free donut deal on National Donut Day
Get a free donut Friday if you buy any sized hot or iced beverage using the Tim Hortons app or online at timhortons.com.
Yonutz's has free Smashed Donuts on National Donut Day afternoon
The first 10 Yonutz guests at the top of each hour will receive a free Smashed Donut of their choice, limited to one per person, starting at 4 p.m. until closing time. There will also be surprises and giveaways during the day.
Doughnut Plant's free Espresso Martini donut deal
On Friday, the New York City doughnut maker is giving out a limited-edition Espresso Martini mini cake donut – it comes in a special box – with any purchase. The donut, made in collaboration with Neil Patrick Harris’s new ready-to-drink After Hours Espresso Martini cocktail from Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirits, will be on sale starting Saturday through June 8. With the donut, you also get a QR code for 20% off any Thomas Ashbourne purchase.
Legendary Doughnuts: Win a dozen donuts a month for a year in its National Donut Day raffle
With any donut purchase on National Doughnut Day, the Seattle and Tacoma, Washington area donut maker is giving a raffle ticket for the chance to win a dozen doughnuts a month for a year. Buy a Red Bull Spritzer for a chance to win four movie tickets, or a grand prize of either four tickets to Wild Waves Theme & Water Park in Federal Way, Washington, or a gift card to Anthony's Restaurants.
The Butler County (Ohio) Donut Trail and special Chocolate Sprinkled Donut Milk
The Butler County Donut Trail, which encompasses 80 miles in southwestern Ohio, has collaborated with The Mullen Dairy & Creamery for a limited-release Chocolate Sprinkled Donut milk, inspired by the trail and to celebrate National Donut Day. The milk will be available at locations around Butler County starting on Friday, while supplies last.
Stan's Donuts & Coffee's free donut deal on National Donut Day
On Friday, get a free Glazed Cake Donut with any purchase at any of the 16 Stan’s Donuts & Coffee locations throughout Chicagoland. Want to get started early? The donut maker will add a 13th donut free on Baker's Dozen catering orders. (Catering orders require a four dozen minimum to qualify.)
More National Donut Day deals
Locally-owned businesses and smaller chains also may have deals Friday. A good way to find out? Check their social media channels and websites.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Free Donuts on National Donut Day 2023 at Dunkin', Krispy Kreme, more