By Andrew DePietro, Contributor
National Donut Day 2016 is Friday, June 3. Celebrating far deeper tradition than giving away free doughnuts, National Donut Day began during the First World War when Salvation Army volunteers -- called Donut Lassies -- served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers at the front. To this day, the Salvation Army continues collect donations for charity on National Donut Day.
But, of course, National Donut Day is also about finding free donuts and other donut deals. Here are the best deals, specials and freebies on National Donut Day 2016.
Free Donuts for National Donut Day 2016
Take advantage of these National Donut Day freebies and specials on June 3 from these donut shops and bakeries.
- Dunkin' Donuts: This national chain is giving out a free donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage on June 3.
- Entenmann's: Teaming up with the Salvation Army, Entenmann's is celebrating by giving free donuts for a year to the winner of their National Donut Day sweepstakes. Visit Entenmann's on Facebook to enter.
- Giant Eagle: Get a dozen fresh donuts for just $5 on June 3. Must scan Giant Eagle Advantage Card and some restrictions apply.
- Krispy Kreme: Celebrate National Donut Day by getting a free doughnut of your choice from any Krispy Kreme location in the U.S. or Canada, on June 3.
- Krystal: Enjoy Classic American strawberry shortcake and cherry pie doughnuts until July 9.
- LaMar's Donuts and Coffee: Print or show this ticket and get a free doughnut on June 3, plus a free 16 ounce LaMar's cup with any purchase.
- Randy's Donuts: This Los Angeles landmark is celebrating National Doughnut Day by giving away free doughnut holes on June 3, up to five per person.
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Other National Donut Day Deals
You can score even more National Donut Day deals both in-store and online from these coffee shops and stores.
- Auntie Anne's: Using this printable coupon from Couponsherpa.com, you can take $1 off your purchase of any pretzel and any drink.
- Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: Take 20 percent off all orders with promo code THX200 until June 3.
- Honey Dew Donuts: This doughnut shop from Massachusetts is offering free doughnuts with every purchase.
- Keurig: Take $2 off all The Original Donut Shop coffee varieties on Keurig.com from May 31 to June 7 with code DONUTDAY.
- Mrs. Fields: Take 10 percent off your purchase this National Donut Day with code ENJOY10.
- Starbucks: Take 10 percent off your online order with code AFF10.
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How to Make Your Own Donuts
If you're feeling a little more adventurous on National Donut Day -- or just want to enjoy donuts for a longer period of time -- follow this Allrecipes donut recipe to make your own homemade donuts. These donuts are said to be some of the best: crispy and creamy just like from your favorite donut shop.
Jamie Young contributed to this article.
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