Take a break from all the horrors that has been happening around the world and allow yourself to splurge on a sweet treat—doughnuts!

Celebrated for nearly 80 years now, the National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a fundraiser in Chicago. It was considered a way to commemorate the work of the “doughnut girls” or “donut lassies” who fed the American soldiers during World War I, who also returned to duties during World War II.


Historic image from The Richards Group. Photo by Forbes


And although female Salvation Army volunteers also provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, and home-cooked meals to soldiers on the front lines, those doughnuts left a mark with the troops. That is why a tradition had been born that every first Friday of June, National Doughnut Day should be celebrated in honor of our troops.

Check out these doughnut chains across the US that are offering doughnuts free of charge in spirit of the holiday—it will rain sweet doughnut deals on June 2!

Cumberland Farms. Receive a FREE donut with purchase of any size Cumberland Farms coffee or Chill Zone beverage. Offer valid from 5am – 10am only.

Duck Donuts. Duck Donuts will be offering a FREE Donut of your choice with any purchase. Additionally, receipts printed on 6/2 will feature an exclusive BOGO coupon for a “Buy One Get One Free 1/2 Dozen” redeemable Mon thru Wed until Aug. 31.

Dunkin’ Donuts. Enjoy a FREE Classic Donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme. Get one free doughnut of your choice, no purchase necessary.

LaMar’s Donuts. Celebrate with a FREE donut. Any donut with a hole, no purchase necessary.

Shipley Donuts. Stop by today till noon to get your free glazed with purchase, at participating locations.

Fractured Prune Doughnuts: Fractured Prune is offering one free OC Sand Doughnut — a glazed doughnut covered in cinnamon sugar — to each customers at all participating locations.

LaMar’s Donuts. The midwest-based chain is offering a golden ticket to customers for free doughnuts — print or show it on your phone to get a treat. The offer excludes specialty doughnuts.

Entenmann’s. Doughnut lovers can enter a contest to win free Entenmann’s donuts for a year. For those in New York City, the company will hand out free doughnuts in Times Square on Friday.

Honey Dew Donuts. Customers can receive a free Coco Loco Donut with the purchase of any medium or larger size drink.

Hortons. The Canada and U.S.-based coffee chain will offer a free doughnut with the purchase of coffee.