There's no excuse for not getting a free donut on June 1.
Credit: Courtesy of Stan's Donuts

Yes, it's true—any day can be Donut Day if you believe hard enough. But come June 1, America celebrates National Donut Day, and there's a bevy of deals to help you ring in the occasion. National Donut Day is actually one of the few weird food holidays that's got some legitimacy behind it. That's because it came about as a way to recognize the Salvation Army's Donut Lassies of World War I. These resourceful women made donuts with what little provisions they had and handed them out to cheer up the servicemen on the front lines during the war. To honor their contribution, in 1938, the Salvation Army made National Donut Day an official holiday and has celebrated annually by handing doughnuts out to veterans on the day ever since.

Here's where can find free doughnuts and other National Donut Day deals on Friday, June 1:

Cumberland Farms

Get one free donut with the purchase of any dispensed beverage on June 1 at any Cumberland Farms location.

Dunkin' Donuts

Purchase any beverage and you can score a free Classic Donut (that's a glazed, glazed chocolate, strawberry frosted with sprinkles, or Boston Kreme)

Edible Arrangements

Stop by any retail Edible Arrangements location on June 1 and score the fruit bouquet company's version of a free "donut"—a chocolate-dipped apple ring.


While not an in-store promotion, this classic pastry brand is looking for a Chief Donut Officer who'll get paid in cash ($5,000!) and a year's supply of donuts. Enter here by June 30.

Krispy Kreme

Head into any Krispy Kreme on June 1 and you can grab any doughnut (as they spell it) you'd like for free, no purchase necessary. Of course, the limit is one per customer. And yes, that includes those Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, and Nutter Butter cookie-inspired doughnuts!

Papa John's

Did you just do a doubletake? Yes, the pizza delivery chain is also jumping on the Donut Day bandwagon by offering a free order of caramel creme-filled donut holes with any pizza order on June 1. But wait, there's more! The offer is good through the end of the month when you buy two pizzas and use the code DONUT at checkout—otherwise, 10 donut holes will set you back just $4.99. And anyone who purchases donut holes is entered to win a trip for two to New Zealand's "Donut Island." (Just to be clear, it's an island shaped like a donut, not an island made of donuts.)

Stan's Coffee & Donuts

The the Wicker Park location (1560 N. Damen Ave.) of this Chicago chain, the first 100 visitors who show up at midnight on June 1 will each get a free half-dozen glazed donuts. But don't worry, if you show up anytime on Doughnut Day, you'll still get one free glazed donut with any purchase.

Tim Horton's

The Canadian donut chain isn't giving away free donuts, per se, but it is releasing a limited-edition meat, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich served on—you guessed it—a donut on June 1. Plus any customer who stops by on Friday can enter to win free donuts for a year.


Stop by participating stores for a free glazed donut on June 1.