Score Free Treats at Rita's, Dairy Queen and More to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring

By: Joe Hyer

March 20, 2017

It’s the first day of spring, and usually, that means we celebrate the end of cold and frozen weather across the country. Well, you can actually celebrate the equinox with some free frozen treats today.

Yes, Rita’s and Dairy Queen are marking the occasion by offering freebies today.

Rita’s Italian Ice – The popular chain is offering free 7-ounce cups of Italian ice to all customers between 12 pm and 9 pm today (March 20). In fact, the company has been celebrating the first day of spring by offering freebies to customers for more than 20 years. You can find your nearest Rita’s here.

Dairy Queen – The popular ice cream chain is also celebrating the first day of spring by giving customers free stuff. DQ customers can receive a vanilla ice cream cones today (March 20). This promotion is available all day long, but the participation of individual some locations may vary. Locate your closest Dairy Queen here.The chain will also be collecting donations for the Children's Miracle Network today. 

BONUS FREEBIE: Ben & Jerry's - The free frozen treats do not have to end today, by the way. If you plan on being near a Ben & Jerry’s shop in a few weeks, they’ll be offering a free scoop of ice cream to customers on April 4. You can get more details about their free cone day here.

If you do plan on celebrating with any of these freebies, you should expect to wait in a long line. These promotions tend to be super popular. In fact, Rita’s actually gave away more than one million Italian ices on the first day of spring last year. So just be patient today. 

Happy spring!