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 to soldiers during World War I.

This year on Friday, June 7, donut franchise Duck Donuts is celebrating that special day and kicking off summer with a sweet National Donut Day Beach Bash. For one day only, every guest will receive one free bare cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donut at any Duck Donuts location.

Additionally, Duck Donuts is making its summer donut assortment available earlier that week. Starting Monday, June 3, the franchise is showcasing the donuts of summer in its limited-time Popsicle Assortment featuring ice cream-inspired donut combinations such as:

  • Citrus Pop - Orange icing and lemon drizzle
  • Neapolitan - Strawberry icing with Oreo crumbles and marshmallow drizzle
  • Patriotic Pop – Glazed with patriotic sprinkles
  • Key Lime Pie Pop – Key lime icing with graham cracker crumbs

“As a brand that originated in the beach town of Duck, North Carolina, we felt it was only appropriate to pay homage to our roots and beach-inspired atmosphere with a unique Sweet Summer Beach Bash to celebrate our favorite day of the year, National Donut Day,” says Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts Franchising Company. “Our warm, delicious donuts are a vacation for your taste buds and we look forward to serving our classic donuts all day to our loyal customers!”