Celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19) with freebies and pirate-related deals, free pirate games and books, and more.
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Do you have plans for today? If you do, break them. I’ve got better ones for you. Today (September 19) is International Talk Like A Pirate Day (yes, it’s a real thing). To celebrate, a few places are offering Talk Like A Pirate Day deals and freebies.
It’s not like it has been in the past (it seems some Talk Like A Pirate Day freebies have walked the plank), but there are still a few places holding on to this fun holiday.
Quick note: There are no participating Krispy Kreme locations this year. In previous years, if you spoke like a pirate (ya know, saying things like “Thar she blows”), you got a free original glazed doughnut. If you dressed in pirate costumes (which meant you needed a three-piece costume, so eye patches, a pirate hat, and a vest), you got a dozen free doughnuts.
That stopped in 2016. So don’t head over there looking for doughnuts. The current workers won’t know what you’re talking about.
Talk Like A Pirate Day is just one of the fun national holidays that restaurants and shops celebrate annually with free food and other fun freebies. Check out our list of the Top 20+ National Days For Freebies And Deals to make sure you don’t miss any fun days this year.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2023 Deals & Freebies
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The online game site has a ton of pirate games that you can play online for free. Check them all out here.
Free Homeschool Lesson Plans
The Homeschool Mom has a great set of Pirates Unit Study & Activities for Kids. Your kids will learn about pirate lore, vocabulary, there are pre-made digital activities, and more here.
Talk like a pirate and get a free piece of fish or chicken. Dress like a pirate and get a free 2 piece fish or chicken basket all day on September 19, 2023.
Limithron’s Pirate Borg game is being released on September 19, 2023.
According to this tweet, there will be in-store events, new adventures, and free swag (although I don’t know where or what).
Get 25% off all pirate sets from September 18 to 21, 2023. Playmobil, if you didn’t know, is a toy company, so this deal is on pirate toys.
This is happening on the official Playmobil online store, not on its Amazon shop. Shop via TopCashBack for an additional 7% cash back.
Get free pirate coloring pages from Super Coloring here.
Talk Like A Pirate Day At Local Libraries
Since libraries are so local, it was impossible for me to list all of them (so I didn’t list any). But definitely call yours to see if there’s anything going on today.
Purchase Pirate Books Online:
There are a lot of really fun books for kids and adults about pirates. So, if you want, you can order some to read. The physical books won’t come in time for this International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2022, but you’ll have them handy for next year. Some of them do have e-reader versions for free, that you can read today. I’ve noted those below.
Some of our favorite pirate books for kids are:
- How To Be A Pirate (Little Golden Book) (pictured above)
- On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: The Wingfeather Saga Book 1 (You can read this free with Audible.)
- Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map (You can get the Kindle version of this for free or with Audible.)
- How to Make a Pirate Laugh: Funny Pirate Jokes for Kids (You can read this free with Kindle unlimited.)
- Penelope the Pirate Princess: The Search for the Magical Moon Pearl
- P is for Pirate: A Pirate Alphabet (You can read this free with Audible.)
Don’t forget to check out all of the pirate books for kids.
Some of our favorite pirate books for young adults (or even older adults) are:
- Daughter of the Pirate King (This is book 1 of 3 in the series. You can read this free with Kindle unlimited or Audible.)
- Pirate Academy: An Action Adventure (This is book 2 of 3 in the Vampires and Gods series.)
- The Treasure of Peril Island: An adventure novel for teens
- The Curse of the Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Don’t forget to check out all of the pirate books for young adults.
You can also order books about pirates at the following online stores:
Be sure to check a store’s minimum cart total to qualify for free shipping. Also, consider instore or curbside pickup, where possible, to avoid shipping charges.
Free Pirate Books:
Amazon has a ton of pirate books that you can listen to for free, like Hook: Dead to Rights (Captain Hook and the Pirates of Neverland Book 1).
Head over to this link to check them out.
Want to watch a pirate movie to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day? Some of our favorites are:
There are so many other movies about pirates out there, so be sure to check out this long list of more pirate movies.
Believe it or not, we’ve checked out (and blogged about) a couple of pirate related attractions. If you’re visiting the south, you might want to check out Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC (which is a pirate themed dinner show) or The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon in Charleston, SC (a museum that tells part of the history of Charleston, which includes pirates, patriots, and postal workers).
If you’re near Belville, NC, Feast of the Pirates is held annually at Belville Riverwalk Park. It’s always held the Saturday before International Talk Like A Pirate Day (making it September 16, 2023) from 10 am to 6 pm. There’s pirate school, demos, and more.
If you’re near Beaumont, NC, which is a huge pirate-themed town (yes, they’re pretty proud of their pirate heritage). It hosts the Beaufort Pirate Invasion annually. This year, the event is happening on September 22 to 24, 2023. There’s a masquerade ball, breakfast with Blackbeard, demonstrations with cannons, a reenactment of the Spanish Pirate Invasion of 1747, and more.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day: Frequently Asked Questions
International Talk Like A Pirate Day happens annually on September 19th.
The origin of International Talk Like A Pirate Day is kind of fantastic.
Two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers (no, not that Marc Summers) were playing racquetball when one of them got hurt and shouted, “Arrg.” That was all they needed to decide there should be a Talk Like A Pirate Day.
The game took place in June 1995, but the duo decided to wait to celebrate it until September 19, the birthday of one of their ex-wives. They wrote to humor columnist Dave Barry about it in 2002, who wrote about it, the rest of the world was hooked (ah, you see what I did there?), and it has become an annual celebration.
So the pirate lingo we use know is actually made up, mostly based on the script of Disney’s Treasure Island.
Know of any more International Talk Like A Pirate Day deals and freebies? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to the list.