Free food, discounts for the first day of summer

For the first day of summer Friday, which also is National Smoothie Day, several businesses are offering frozen freebies and discounts like 50% off smoothies.

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The longest day of the year is one of the sweetest.

For the first day of summer Friday, which also is National Smoothie Day, several businesses are offering frozen freebies and discounts like 50% off smoothies.

June 21 also is National Selfie Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, National Seashell Day and National Take Back the Lunch Break Day, according to

The freebie fest continues Saturday at Krispy Kreme.

Because 1 million free doughnuts were given out June 7 for National Doughnut Day, Krispy Kreme has a second deal. The doughnut chain is giving out its new Original Filled doughnuts, available in vanilla and chocolate, while supplies last.

Friday’s freebies and deals

Participation and offers can vary by location and unless otherwise noted these deals are only available June 21 and while supplies last. Some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location.

Applebee’s:The June Neighborhood Drink of the Month is the $1 Vodka Raspberry Lemonade, which is served in a 10-ounce mug with vodka, Tropicana Lemonade, raspberry and lemon juice. For National Smoothie Day, there’s not a nationwide special, but check with your closest location as some franchises might have various promotions. For instance, at locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises, smoothies are $4.99.

Auntie Anne’s:The pretzel chain’s new Strawberry Lemonade Frost debuts Friday and for delivery orders will be available in a special keep-cold cup. While there’s not a deal, earn points with the My Preztel Perks loyalty program.

Bahama Breeze: The chain’s Legendary Island Cocktails are $5 Friday.

Boston Market: Bring in any sandwich – whether it’s homemade or from a competitor – between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and get a free Boston Market sandwich. The chain is calling its first day of summer “sandwich throwdown” a nationwide taste test of its four new sandwiches.

Carl’s Jr.: The chain’s 100 Days of Summer promotion features limited-time offers and contests. Through Aug. 20, there will be a daily Happy Hour with six-piece Chicken Stars and a small Coca-Cola for $3, four-piece Chicken Stars with any combo purchase for $1 and new classic floats for $2.99. On social media, share how you’re celebrating summer and each week winners will be selected. Learn more at

Cumberland Farms: Text the word SUMMER to 64827 Friday and opt-in to the Cumberland Farms text database to receive a summertime offer. Existing members of the database will receive the offer on Friday morning and the offer is valid through Sunday. The text says “Scratch to reveal your winnings” for an offer.

Dairy Queen:With an offer on the DQ mobile app and any purchase Friday, get a free small regular or dipped cone. Download the app at

Dunkin’:There are two different Dunkin’ deals. At restaurants Friday through Sunday, DD Perks rewards members get on medium or large-sized iced and frozen beverages. There’s also a way to get a free can of Dunkin’ Shot in the Dark sent to your home. Ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to send by saying: “Ask Send Me a Sample for Dunkin’ Shot in the Dark Coffee.” Friday’s smart assistant promotion is available while supplies last. Learn more about how the promotion works at

Edible Arrangements: Get $1.99 smoothies or fruit cups through Sunday. Not all locations sell smoothies and the deal is available at stores and for in-store orders placed online with promo code SMOOTHIE.

Jamba: The chain, which recently changed its name from Jamba Juice, is giving away free small smoothies from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday. Choose from Watermelon Breeze, Vanilla Blue Sky or White Gummi smoothie.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters:Get a free Mocha Draft Latte with any purchase Friday at all café locations.

Planet Smoothie:From 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, get a free 16-ounce Mediterranean Monster smoothie. No purchase is necessary and limit one free smoothie while supplies last.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Through Friday, the chain is celebrating “Take Back Your Lunch Day” with a buy-one-get-one free offer on sandwiches, salads or Pick-Your-Pair.

Red Mango: Get 50% off any smoothie Friday.

Smoothie Factory:Smoothies are half price Friday.

Smoothie King: Use the chain’s Healthy Rewards app with a purchase Friday and get a free 20-ounce smoothie offer loaded on the app to redeem June 22-27. The free smoothie is limited to a $6 value. Get the app at

Wendy’s: Starting Friday and through July 14, get a free half-size Berry Burst Salad with any purchase using the Wendy’s mobile app.


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