Celebrate National Donut Day with a free donut!

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Friday is National Donut Day and three chains are offering freebies to help you celebrate.

Dunkin’ is helping you celebrate with free donuts! Participating locations are offering guests a FREE classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage, while supplies last.

Krispy Kreme will offer its guests a free donut at its participating shops on Friday. The restaurant will also sell a dozen of its Original Glazed donuts for $1 with the purchase of any dozen or 16-count donut minis.

Duck Donuts also announced its plans for National Donut Day this Friday, which includes a free donut giveaway, a new item and a chance to win more donuts!

“National Donut Day is here, and this year we’re offering our guests and loyal fans plenty of ways to celebrate alongside us,” Duck Donuts CEO Betsy Hamm said. “From free donuts to the launch of our new Ollie plush, and a social media photo contest, there’s no doubt we’ll be sprinkling happiness and delivering smiles across the country on [Friday].”

Every guest who visits a participating store will receive one cinnamon sugar donut, in-store only, with no purchase necessary.

Participating stores are also planning to sell for the first time a plush version of Duck Donut’s mascot, Ollie. The duck wears a visor and striped swimsuit just like the duck found on the company’s logo.

The company will also launch a photo sweepstakes in which five winners will receive a free dozen donuts. To enter, follow Duck Donuts on Instagram, post the “most creative, crave-able and beautiful-looking donut phos between Thursday and Sunday and be sure to tag @duckdonuts and add the hashtag #MyDuckDonuts in the caption.

National Donut Day, which is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts, known as “doughnut lassies,” to soldiers during World War I.

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Patrick Phillips

Patrick joined the Live 5 News team in October 2006.