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Where to get free food and stuff on the first day of spring

Flowers, animals, greenery, and warmer weather — there are plenty of reasons to end your winter hibernation when spring rolls around, and many businesses feel the same way! Some retailers even offer free goodies and big discounts to welcome customers out of their winter-proof blanket forts, and you can take advantage of them. Make it rain savings this season with our list of where to get free stuff on the first day of spring, which falls on March 19, 2020!

Dairy Queen

When it comes to giving away free stuff on the first day of spring, Dairy Queen is KING! The fast food chain is well-known for its yearly tradition of giving customers a complimentary ice cream cone at most of its non-mall locations. While the ice cream is free, donations are encouraged, all of which are passed on to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Many Dairy Queen locations are independently owned and operated, so call your local DQ for more deets. And if one cone doesn’t quite do it for you, download the Dairy Queen mobile app for a free blizzard — it’s just one of many apps that can help you score free grub!

Rita’s Italian Ice

Craving a different type of sweet treat? Cool off your taste buds with a treat from Rita’s Ice! Stop by your nearest Rita’s for a free Italian Ice this year. As their website says, “The first day of spring only comes around once a year, so make it delicious!”


Each year, Chick-fil-A marks the spring equinox with a limited-time run of its famous frosted key lime beverage. In 2019, the fried chicken chain gave away free samples of its sweet and sour treat on the first day of spring — so who’s to say they won’t do it again this year? Contact your local Chick-fil-A for the inside scoop on free frosted key lime shake samples!


Although Kroger hasn’t announced its first day of spring deals yet, the grocery chain is known for celebrating Pi Day — which falls just five days before the vernal equinox this year! On March 14th, a variety of pies will go on sale for just $3.14 at select Kroger locations. Contact your neighborhood Kroger for more info on which pies you can score for cheap on Pi Day!


Prefer savory over sweet? In that case, take advantage of Cicis Pi Day savings! In 2019, the unlimited pizza chain offered an awesome deal — a free adult buffet with the purchase of an adult buffet and a large drink. Hit up your nearest Cicis on March 14th to verify if they’re offering this sweet deal in 2020. And if you can’t make it into Cicis on Pi Day, try calling to check for other freebies — some of their restaurants have weekly “Kids Eat Free” offers!


Looking for more family-friendly freebies? Then load up the kids and head to JCPenney on March 14th to partake in their monthly Kids Zone activity! Kids can craft a fun project and receive other goodies like an ID badge, a lanyard, and collector’s pins, while parents get a special 10% off coupon to use in-store! This free event happens the second Saturday of every month, so check JCPenney’s website each month for their upcoming Kids Zone happenings.


On the first full weekend of each month, Bank of America cardholders get free admission to more than 225 museums across the country. The best part of this freebie is you don’t have to wait until the first day of spring to partake! If you’re a Bank of America credit or debit cardholder, you can select a partnering cultural institution and show your card with a photo ID for free entry on the first full weekend of every month!

Spring savings on ice cream and milkshakes

Make It Rain This Spring

A free ice cream cone is really cool, but you know what’s way cooler? Car insurance savings that actually help you save up for a rainy day! Whether it’s April showers or May flowers, you can get car insurance discounts at Direct Auto Insurance. Call, click, or visit your nearest Direct Auto for a free car insurance quote and to check which discounts you qualify for!