National Donut Day is Friday: Here’s where to get freebies

Photos courtesy of Doughnut Plant

What better way to end the work week than with a complimentary breakfast treat?

National Donut Day, traditionally marked on the first Friday of June, was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army and honors the “donut lassies” who served the baked goods to soldiers during World War I. According to the organization, it was also started as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Salvation Army’s social service programs.

On June 5, places made famous for selling the confections are offering giveaways to celebrate. Here are some places around the borough and beyond where you can score a free doughnut and possibly more.

Doughnut Plant

The Manhattan-based Doughnut Plant opened its first Queens location in Long Island City this March inside the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave. To mark National Donut Day, the eatery will be offering complimentary carnival sprinkles mini cake doughnuts with every purchase, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Donuts

The popular chain is once again participating in the annual festivities by giving customers who purchase any beverage a free doughnut. The offer is good all day on June 5 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide while supplies last. To find the closest Dunkin’ Donuts  near you, click here.

Krispy Kreme

A Krispy Kreme location may not exist in Queens or in any part of the city with the exception of Penn Station (on the Amtrak level), but for those who work in the area or commute through the Midtown station, be sure to stop by for your free doughnut on Friday. Anyone who comes into a Krispy Kreme can get a free doughnut of any variety  “whether it’s powdered, filled or a hot original glazed.” No purchase is necessary but there is one limit per customer.


For the fifth straight year, Entenmann’s Bakery is partnering with the Salvation Army to celebrate National Donut Day, and will be at Madison Square Park with 40,000 free donuts and coffee. The giveaway will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last, at the southwest corner of the park at 23rd Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue. Entenmann’s is also commemorating the day with a new rich frosted sprinkled patriotic donut eight pack, and a National Donut Day Free Donuts for a Year Facebook sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which is open through July 3, is offering 100 winners a free year-supply of Entenmann’s doughnuts.



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