Friday Is National Donut Day, and You Know What That Means

Freebies from local businesses! (And glorious offerings from Federal Donuts.)

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Behold: Six special flavors from Federal Donuts. (Available only on National Donut Day)

Philadelphia will celebrate yet another joyous National Donut Day this Friday.

Anyone who’s ever joined in on National Anything Day knows what it means: freebies. In this case, free donuts.

For National Donut Day 2018, you can score free donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts (if you purchase a beverage first), Krispy Kreme, Duck Donuts (if you’re near locations in King of Prussia or Marlton, N.J.), and Walmart.

Or, if you’re a true donut connoisseur, you can hit up Federal Donuts. The Philly-favorite is celebrating by releasing its “Greatest Hits” Vol. 4, “with a tribute to the hitmakers.” In other words, the shop will offer customers six of their favorite fancy flavors, to return for one day only: s’mores, churro, blueberry pancake, chocolate sea salt, French toast and lemon ricotta. Voters whittled down the winners from a list of 12 possible donut options. They’re not free (sorry!), but they sure are tasty.

National Donut Day is especially different for Federal Donuts this year because donut-lovers are meant to listen to great tunes while pigging out on donuts. Each of the shop’s “Greatest Hits” donuts will serve as a tribute to a different musician.

The list includes:

  • S’mores ft. Patti Smith

  • Churro ft. Miles Davis

  • Blueberry Pancake ft. Talking Heads

  • Chocolate Sea Salt ft. Fleetwood Mac

  • French Toast ft. Bob Dylan

  • Lemon Ricotta ft. Sly and the Family Stone

What more do we need to say? I suppose just that all five local Federal Donuts shops will be selling the special donuts all day on Friday. Doors open at 7 a.m. in most stores (8 a.m. for the store at the Whole Foods Market on Pennsylvania Avenue.). Sadly, no pre-orders!

A little bit of trivia: National Donut Day started in Chicago in 1938, when the Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Girls” started giving World War I troops free coffee and donuts.

OK, now go forth, and enjoy your donuts.