Each year, National Donut Day takes the country by storm, providing many of us with an excuse to indulge in something sweet. With origins dating back to 1938, this is much more than just another national food day. According to Time, women volunteers for the Salvation Army made donuts for soldiers overseas during World War I. National Doughnut Day was launched by the Chicago brand of the Salvation army to raise funds and awareness for the organization’s community work. Today, many chains and specialty shops run promotions offering free or discounted donuts, contests and countless other ways to celebrate. We’ve put together a list of the five best places to reap National Donut Day benefits that can be found across the country!

1. Entenmann’s 

Last year was the 6th year that Entenmann’s partnered with  the Salvation Army, to give away a year of free Entenmann’s donuts to 10 grand prize winners. Contestants entered their Facebook Sweepstakes and $1 was donated to the Salvation Army. This year be on the lookout for this contest to be in the running for a year’s worth of donuts while giving to a great cause!

2. Sheetz

Sheetz National Donut Day

For Sheetz loyalty card holders, you can enjoy a free donut with a purchase of a beverage. This seems to be their yearly ritual with Facebook posts promoting this deal as far back as 2014. Register your card and beat the crowds when they extend these deals before and after National Donut Day.

3. Dunkin’ Donuts

On National Donut Day, Dunkin’ Donuts offers guests worldwide a free donut with the purchase of any beverage. In 2016, they welcomed the holiday with special Snapchat filters and exclusive behind the scenes content. As technology continues to progress around this holiday, it is clear that there will be more awareness and fun to be had!

4. Giant Eagle 

Giant Eagle National Donut Day

At this grocery store chain, when you purchase a half dozen donuts – you get a half dozen for free! This offer is while supplies last and restricted to the actual holiday itself so be sure to take advantage by heading their early. This tradition was seen in 2015 and 2016, so I’m sure that this year we will see the same!

5. Krispy Kreme

At participating locations in the US and Canada, Krispy Kreme offers one free donuts of any variety to customers with no purchase necessary. Even at other global locations, they’ll offer different samples and promotions. Sometimes you have to like their Facebook page before you can enjoy your free treat!


No matter what sort of donuts you’re in to, there are always plenty of options to celebrate National Donut Day. In 2017, it falls on June 2nd and we really can’t wait! Where will you be going to celebrate National Donut Day?