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Here's the History of National Doughnut Day — And Some Great Deals to Nab a Sweet Treat

National Doughnut Day is set for Friday, June 2, 2023

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It's one of the sweetest holidays of the year: National Doughnut Day is here.

Bakeries and doughnut shops around the country will get in on the celebration Friday, which started nearly a century ago.

But the seemingly-fun holiday has a slightly more complicated history.

Here's a look at Doughnut Day and what to expect Friday.

What is official Doughnut Day?

It depends who you ask, but luckily for doughnut lovers they might have an excuse to indulge twice a year.

The first Friday of June is generally the most commonly accepted Doughnut Day, dating back to a 1938 tradition started in Chicago to honor the Salvation Army "Lassies." This group of women were known to hand out coffee and doughnuts to the soldiers in the trenches during World War I.

The second Doughnut Day falls five months later on Nov. 5 and is speculated to have similar 1930s military roots. It's believed that a retail outlet chose the day for its close proximity to Veteran's Day on Nov. 11.

When is the next Doughnut Day?

Doughnut Day is Friday, June 2.

Is Krispy Kreme celebrating National Doughnut Day?

Krispy Kreme, like last year on Doughnut Day, is offering a free doughnut of any type with no purchase necessary.

Doughnut lovers can also get a dozen of Krispy Kreme's signature glazed doughnut for just $2 with the purchase of any other dozen.

Does Dunkin' do anything for National Doughnut Day?

Dunkin' is celebrating the day by offering a free doughnut with every drink purchase.

Dunkin' has also promised special National Doughnut Day content on TikTok and Instagram.

Is Duck Donuts offering a National Doughnut Day freebie?

Duck Donuts is celebrating its favorite holiday of the year by offering a free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut with no purchase necessary.

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