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Free Tea Day At McAlister’s Deli (July 20, 2023 only!)

Thursday, July 20, 2023 is Free Tea Day at McAlister’s Deli. Find out how you can get free tea (and other drinks).

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When we moved to North Carolina, we moved near a McAlister’s Deli. So the first McAlister’s Free Tea Day after we moved was a big deal. We went on a date, I posted about it on the blog, and we had a good time.

Once my parents moved to North Carolina, I started taking my mom every year. She had never been, so I was excited to bring her.

If you want to bring someone out for the famous tea, July 20th is your day. That’s the 15th annual Free Tea Day at McAlister’s Deli.

Oddly enough, McAlister’s free tea day never falls on National Iced Tea Day. That’s July 10 every year.

A calendar open to June 2023 with the words "Top 20+ National Days For Freebies And Deals" digitally written on top.

Free Tea Day Day is just one of the fun random holidays that is celebrated annually.

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.

Free Tea Day At McAlister’s Deli

On Thursday, July 20, customers can get a free 32 oz tea at McAlister’s Deli, no purchase necessary. 

If you’re not a plain tea fan, you’re in luck it’s actually more than just tea. The free tea offer includes all tea beverages, so sweet tea, unsweet tea, half unsweet tea/half sweet tea, half tea/half lemonade, or LTO Tropical Tea (where available). The offer includes one flavor shot.

This excludes all non-tea beverages and kid’s beverages.

You have two ways to get your free drink.

The offer is one per person in-store. So, in that case, you would just head to the counter, order your drink, and that’s it. For in-store orders, you can dine in or just take it to go.

If you’re ordering ahead, you can get up to four free teas per app order or order placed on the McAlister’s deli website. Just make sure to add them to your order before you checkout and complete your order.

This offer is not valid on third-party delivery orders or with certain offers and rewards. 

You can read all of the fine print on McAlister’s Facebook page.

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McAlister’s Deli Free Tea Day: Frequently Asked Questions

When is McAlister’s Free Tea Day?

McAlister’s Free Tea Day is July 20, 2023.

Is Free Tea Day always the same day?

Free Tea Day changes annually. It’s always the third Thursday of July, so it’s the same day but a different date each year.

Do you have to be a Tea Pass member?

Anyone, regardless of if you’re a Tea Pass member or not, can get a free tea on Free Tea Day.

Tea Pass is McAlister Deli’s “unlimited” drink program, very similar to Circle K’s Sip & Save or Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club. For $6.99, Tea Pass members get one tea each day for 30 days. The Tea Pass can be redeemed with online orders or in store.

This is different than McAlister’s Rewards Program, which is the sandwich shop’s free loyalty program. With that, you accumulate points per purchase, which can be redeemed for free food and drinks. Being a member also entitles you to special offers and a free birthday treat (which, rumor has it, is a cookie).

Is there a Free Tea Day contest?

In 2021, McAlister’s Deli held a contest where you could post a photo of you and your tea on social media with the hashtag #TeaSelfie for a chance to win some McAlister’s swag all day long. That contest hasn’t happened since 2021, though.

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Tea Gift Ideas:

If you’re excited about Free Tea Day because you love tea (and not just because you love free stuff), we have a few tea-centric gift guides that you might like too.

Check out our list of the The 10+ Best Gifts For Tea Lovers. This has everything from mugs to kettles and more. We also have a list of 15 Cute Animal Tea Infusers because, for some reason, all the most adorable tea infusers are animal shaped.

Are you heading out for Free Tea Day At McAlister’s Deli? Let us know what you picked in the comments.