Friday is National Donut Day, a wonderful holiday started up by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the folks who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. It’s also known as the day of free donuts, where glorious masses of fried dough coated in sugar are handed out to the public for free. Where can you get in on this wonderful American tradition? Put on your stretchy pants and tell your friends, because we’ve got the list.

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Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a drink, get a free donut. The offer is good all day at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants (all 11,300 of them!) worldwide. Note: These things run out fast. Be prepared.

Krispy Kreme: No purchase necessary. Krispy Kreme is giving out powdered, filled or hot original glazed donuts at all their locations nationwide. Other participating countries include Canada, Australia, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines and Turkey. But don’t get too greedy. You only get one!

Honey Dew Donuts: This New England donut chain is giving away free Mocha Madness donuts on the holiday. The donut in question is topped with mocha frosting and chocolate drizzle. The only condition? You need to buy a drink to get your free ‘nut. Worth it, we say.

Jiffy Lube: Yes, Jiffy Lube is giving away donuts. They’re also giving away free tire air pressure checks to help you avoid having to use a “donut tire” — or spare. Real clever, guys. This is only at participating locations in Houston, Philadelphia and all over South Carolina.

LaMar’s Donuts: If you live in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska, any donut with a hole is fair game, says LaMar’s. No purchase is necessary. They’re also taking donations for the Salvation Army.

Cumberland Farms: You’ll have to wake up early for this convenience store deal. Buy a hot or iced coffee or any Chill Zone beverage from the hours of 5-10 am, and you’ll be treated to a free donut.


Shipley Donuts: Eat for free and help charity at this Southern chain! Customers at participating locations get a free donut, and a portion of sales go straight to the Salvation Army.

Entenmann’s: The deal starts at 7 am and ends at 1pm. The first 40,000 people in line at New York City’s Madison Square Park will get free donuts and coffee from the bakery’s mobile trailer. The company will also be presenting a $30,000 check to the Salvation Army.

Admit it, guys. This is the best holiday ever!

Know of any other free fritters this Fryday? Spill the dough in the comments below.