Food-centric holidays seem to occur nearly every week. Not long ago we celebrated National Pretzel Day, just last week was National Hamburger Day, and we countdown to National Coffee Day every year. But unlike the obscure origins of these holidays, National Doughnut Day goes way back.

The first National Doughnut Day was officially established in 1938 by the Salvation Army’s Chicago branch. The chapter revived the donut making tradition as a way to provide much-needed cheer and raise funds for people in need during the Great Depression. The day honored the women who made doughnuts for the soldiers during WWI as a way to boost morale. At their peak, the women could make and supply up to 9,000 doughnuts per day. National Doughnut Day has since become an American tradition and continues to be celebrated the first Friday in June.

Many national and local doughnut chains offer freebies or discounts in honor of the historic holiday. Here are a few places you can visit June 7 for a deal:

Cumberland Farms

Buy any “dispensed beverage” on June 7 and receive one free doughnut.

Duck Donuts

Score a free donut at Duck Donuts on National Doughnut Day — no purchase necessary. Choose from free bare, powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar.


Purchase any drink at Dunkin‘ on Friday, June 7 and receive a free classic donut flavor of your choice. With options like Glazed, Boston Kreme, and Sprinkles, you’re going to want to bring the whole family.

Krispy Kreme

Pick any donut you like, and get it totally for free! No purchase necessary. Also, the company claims that if one million people show up to receive their free donuts on June 7, they will offer another free donut day in June.

LaMar’s Donuts

Stop by any LaMar’s Donuts and get any donut with a hole in it for free. No purchase necessary.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.