Celebrate National Donut Day with free donuts and fun facts

Celebrate National Donut Day with free donuts and fun facts

I have a new favorite holiday: National Donut Day.  This year will mark the 76th annual National Donut Day, which is observed on the first Friday in June, this year June 7 is the date. It's a perfect time to declare your allegiance to the glazed or the iced, the jelly or the cruller, the sprinkles or the eclairs. It's also a great occasion to debate spelling: donut vs. doughnut.

Actually, forget the talk and go get yourself a donut. Here are stores giving away free donuts in honor of the occasion:

* Dunkin Donuts is giving out free donuts with purchase of a beverage. You can get a coupon here.

* Krispy Kreme is also observing National Donut Day by giving away its glazed goodness. It is doing so everywhere except Connecticut and Puerto Rico. Allow me to extend my sympathies to those residents. You can get more Krispy Kreme details here.

* Use this Tim Horton's printable coupon to take advantage of one of their 20 different kinds of donuts.

* LaMar's is giving away one free doughnut per person with no purchase necessary and donating a portion of this week's sales to The Salvation Army's Oklahoma tornado relief effort.

* Many smaller bakeries are participating, too. You can see if your favorite donut makers are in on today's event by clicking here.

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* My tween can find a donut anywhere. It's not like I was in the running for the healthiest mom of the year award so I'll go ahead and admit it. If you are hiking or taking the cog railway 14,000 feet up to the top of Pikes Peak, you can get donuts there. We did so last week and it was a ton of fun. You can get a coupon for a free high altitude donut here. (It's good all year, not just on National Donut Day.)

* If you're in Chicago, you can get free music, too!  The Salvation Army will kick-off Donut Days with a free concert at Federal Plaza on Friday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While enjoying your delicious free donut(s), here are some fun facts about the favorite breakfast treat:


* "National Doughnut Day" (the original spelling) began on the first Friday in June in 1938 as a fund raiser for The Salvation Army. In 1917, Salvation Army female volunteers known as “lassies” prepared thousands of fresh donuts to the homesick soldiers that served in France during World War I.

* American prisoners of war at Son Tay prison camp tricked their North Vietnamese captors into giving out donuts by telling them that the birthday of the United States Marine Corps was once referred to as National Donut Day.

* The largest donut ever made was a 1.7 ton American-style jelly donut measuring 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in the center.

* In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.

* Doughnut vs. donut: The now-accepted spelling of "donut" did not overtake the more traditional "doughnut" until Dunkin Donuts stores dotted the nation a few decades ago. according to Grammarist. They say that only one-third of American writers use "donut," with most preferring "doughnut." Could be a good chance to talk about branding and marketing and its impact on our culture and language with your tween.

Happy Donut Day! I'd love to hear which kind of donut is your favorite - please share in the comments.

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