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National Pretzel Day Freebies & Deals (Updated for 2024)

Celebrate National Pretzel Day (April 26) with free pretzels from national pretzel chains.

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Two people eating pretzels

One of Pete’s favorite snacks is a soft pretzel, so we look forward to National Pretzel Day every day. Each year, a bunch of pretzel shops give out free pretzels to celebrate. 

The day happens every year on April 26, so mark your calendar, pretzel lovers, and enjoy this every year.

To help you celebrate, we put together this list of pretzel freebies and the best deals on pretzels that we’ve found. Some of the pretzel chains require you to be a part of a rewards program and others require you to have the shop’s app. And some are just deals. We’ve made note of all that fine print, and the days of the promotion (if it’s not just April 26), so be sure to read through the details before running out to your nearest location.

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National Pretzel Day is just one of the fun National Days that popular shops and restaurants celebrate 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.

National Pretzel Day Freebies & Deals

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If you know of any National Pretzel Day deals, freebies, or offers that we missed, be sure to let us know in the comments so we can add them to the list.

The outside of an Auntie Anne's mall location.

Auntie Anne’s

Pretzel Perks app users can get a free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel, no purchase necessary, in store.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels

You can get a free pretzel at Ben’s Soft Pretzels locations when you make a donation to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. This is valid in-store. The organization, if you’ve never heard of it, builds mortgage-free homes for injured veterans and first responders. Each home is built specifically for the recipient and his or her unique needs.

And, not specific to National Pretzel Day, but you can get a free pretzel when you download the Ben’s Soft Pretzels app and sign up for a new account.


Ibotta users can get $.50 back in Superpretzels and $.75 back on Lenny & Larry’s Fitzels.

Sign up for Ibotta for free, then purchase the pretzels. Upload your receipt to Ibotta and get the money back into your Ibotta account.

Milwaukee Pretzel Company

Get 30% off online orders at Milwaukee Pretzel Company now through April 26 when you use the promo code PRETZELDAY30 at checkout.

Eastern Standard Provisions

Save 30% off orders in honor of National Pretzel Day with the code NPD at checkout on the website.

Philly Pretzel Factory

Get one free soft pretzel, no purchase necessary, on April 26.

Plus, if you have the app, you can get double points on anything else you buy.


Get free small pretzel bites at Pretzelmaker on April 26. This is valid on salted and unsalted pretzel bites.

Wetzel’s Pretzels

Get a free original pretzel after 3 pm on April 26 at all participating Wetzel’s Pretzels locations.

A s'mores soft pretzel.

National Pretzel Day: Frequently Asked Questions

How did National Pretzel Day start?

In 2003, Ed Rendell, who was the governor of Pennsylvania at the time, declared April 26th National Pretzel Day because of the significance the pretzel had to the state and its economy.

Where did the pretzel originate?

Not in Pennsylvania. As pretzel lore has it, the pretzel was invented by an Italian monk. He formed leftover bread dough into a shape that resembled prayer (a hand on each opposite shoulder) as a way to remind children to say their prayers. The three holes represent the Holy Trinity. He named his creation “pretiola,” which is Latin for “little reward.” So pretzels were basically little rewards for children remembering to pray.

The first hard pretzel factory in the United States was in Lititz, Pennsylvania, by German immigrants, which is how pretzels became associated with the Keystone state.

When is National Pretzel Day?

National Pretzel Day is always April 26. This is not to be confused with Eat A Pretzel Day, which happens annually on October 22. There aren’t any food deals or online discounts to celebrate that version of the holiday, so you definitely want to get your fix now.

Where are you celebrating National Pretzel Day today?


Tuesday 26th of April 2022

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Tuesday 26th of April 2022

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