Celebrate National Donut Day on Friday, June 4!

National Donut Day is on Friday, June 4, 2021. Donut chains take this opportunity to lure in customers with free donuts but the day actually has a deeper meaning. The first donut day was celebrated in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a way to thank troops for their sacrifice. Today, the Salvation Army continues the tradition by partnering with donut makers and grocery stores every year on the first Friday in June. This year, LaMar’s Donuts and the Salvation Army will be delivering donuts to hospital workers and first responders.

Here's a list of national chains participating in National Donut Day:


Dunkin’ is giving out a free donut with the purchase of a drink all day on June 4, 2021. The donut shop is also celebrating by launching an exclusive line of clothing and accessories at shopdunkin.com. The collection goes live at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 3.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme has three offers for National Donut Day. Anyone who visits on June 4 gets a free donut of any flavor, plus a free original glazed with proof of vaccination. On top of the two freebies, get one dozen original glazed for just $1 with the purchase of a dozen donuts.

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LaMar’s Donuts

LaMar's Donuts is giving everyone a free Ray's Original Glazed donut on National Donut Day and giving back to our 2020 heroes. The company is partnering with Salvation Army to raise money in-store and will also give an extra donut to those who helped us through the Coronavirus pandemic, including firefighters, nurses, and police officers. You can also enter to win free donuts for a week, a month, or a year during the National Donut Day promotion.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts specializes in “custom” donuts that can be topped with your favorite icings, drizzles, and toppings. On June 4, 2021, stop in and get a free base for your creation. Choose from a bare, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar donut and add toppings or not.

What's your favorite donut? Share in the comments.