Mark your calendars with the Top 20+ National Days For Freebies And Deals from this list for free food, drinks, and more.
For more ways to save and stretch your dollars, check out all of our frugal posts.
Each year, there are a ton of National Days where fast food chains, restaurants, stores, and more offer free food and special deals to celebrate those holidays.
We don’t want you to miss out on any of the goodies.
So, what we’ve done is put together this great list of the top national days for freebies and deals. We broke it down by month, so you can easily figure out which holidays are coming up.
We also added a few other recurring freebies during the year (like free National Park Days) and birthday freebies at the end of the post so that you can add those to your calendar as well.
Top National Days For Freebies And Deals:
The names of the national days are clickable, so you’ll be able to click through and get some more information about the national holiday and the offers for that day.
Tuesday, February 23, 2023
Mark your calendar for next year to get your free short stack of pancakes at IHOP when you make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
February 29 (the next one is 2024)
Leap Day only happens once every four years, so a lot of places celebrate by offering deals for 29% off or buy one get one for 29 cents sales.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Pi Day is dubbed so because the Pi, in math, is 3.14. It’s a good excuse for restaurants to offer discounted or free pizza or sweet pie. We go to Blaze Pizza every year because you can get a pizza for only $3.14. It’s my favorite pizza, so it’s a great deal.
Side note: This isn’t National Pizza Day. That’s celebrated annually on February 9. And, while we do have a list of homemade pizza recipes to celebrate that day, pizza shops don’t offer any special offers on that day.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Get free ice cream, free Italian ice, free daffodils and more to celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring.
Monday, April 3, 2023
Ben & Jerry’s hosts free cone day annual to give out free ice cream to its customers.
Side note: My favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s butter pecan, which is only sold in scoop shops, so that’s my recommendation for what you should get on this holiday.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Wawa has really good coffee. And everyone can get a free cup on Wawa Day every year.
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Everyone should do their part to recycle all year round, but companies push sustainability on Earth Day with a bunch of freebies for when you recycle.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
You can get free pretzels from stores like Auntie Anne’s to celebrate.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Filing your taxes isn’t so bad when you realize you can get a free cookie, Italian ice, and more.
Friday, May 5, 2023
Get free tacos, discounted drinks, and more at restaurant’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Get up to eight free comic books to kick off your collection.
Friday, June 3, 2023
Free and buy one get one free donuts are the highlight of this holiday.
National Flip Flop Day
Friday, June 16, 2023
Tropical Smoothie Cafe officially started this unofficial holiday to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Each year, customers who come into participating shops wearing (you guessed it) flip flops can get a free smoothie. Donations to the Camp Sunshine program are accepted that day, but not required.
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
This day is a big deal for us because it’s Pete’s birthday. It’s also a big deal for 7-Eleven because of the date, obviously. To celebrate, the brand’s convenience stores give out free Slurpees to customers.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
You can score free fries at places like Burger King, McDonald’s, White Castle, and more.
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Free soft serve ice cream and more are given away by ice cream shops this day.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Get your fill of free hot dogs on this annual celebration.
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Each year, McAlister’s Deli celebrates Free Tea Day (usually on the third Thursday in July) and gives out free tea-based drinks to everyone.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Each year, restaurant chains offer deals on boneless or bone-in chicken wings to celebrate the holiday that was started in Buffalo New York.
National Root Beer Float Day
Sunday, August 6, 2023
A&W celebrates this national holiday by giving A&W Mug Club members a coupon for a free small root beer float. Last year, the coupon was applied to the member’s loyalty account on July 6 and was valid through August 6. If we hear that’s the case for this year, we’ll update this post with that information.
Monday, September 4, 2023
Many stores offer deals on clothing, sneakers, and similar items. There are also deals on food for the long weekend. It’s known for good sales on major appliances and furniture deals as well.
National Cheeseburger Day
Monday, September 18, 2023
There are a ton of ways to get really cheap cheeseburgers to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Long John Silver’s participates in this annual event (Side note: Krispy Kreme used to and made this day popular, but it doesn’t participate anymore).
Sunday, October 1, 2023
A ton of coffee shops will offer free coffee or a bogo deal to celebrate this day — which will leave you very caffeinated.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Everyone knows kids can get free candy on Halloween. But did you know there are a ton of chain and local restaurants that offer discounts and freebies for your tiny ghouls and goblins?
Saturday, November 11, 2023
There are a ton of freebies and deals for active military members and veterans to thank them for serving our country.
Friday, November 24, 2023
Black Friday is a great day to find a ton of sales, freebies (although not as many as in the past), and more.
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Free Shipping Day is the last day to guarantee gifts with regular shipping with arrive before Christmas. To help you with sending those gifts and to make sure they get where they’re going on time, many online retailers offer free shipping when you shop.
Free Admission Days
September 2023 (Exact date to be announced)
The Smithsonian magazine annually hosts Museum Day and offers free admission to various museums around the country. We went to the Wilmington Railroad Museum last year as part of the program.
Tickets are required to be reserved in advance. When they’re available for 2023, we’ll update this post with the link to request them.
Free National Park Days
The National Park Service waives admission for National Parks that charge an entrance fee on certain days during the year. For 2023, those days are:
- January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 22: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 23: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
The first weekend of every month
Bank Of America offers free museum admission to participating museums, gardens, and more to its customers on the first weekend of every month.
There are so many restaurants that offer you freebies to celebrate your birthday. Some (like Starbucks) are only valid on your actual birthday, some are valid for a week (like Firehouse Subs), and some are valid indefinitely (thanks for that change, Jersey Mike’s).
We have them all listed in our huge list of Birthday Freebies and Deals, so be sure to check that out before your birthday because the offers are available for loyalty members only.
Which of these national days do you look most forward to every year? Let us know in the comments.