Here’s a food holiday not canceled by the coronavirus pandemic: National French Fry Day.
While 7-Eleven canceled its annual Free Slurpee Day, Chick-fil-A postponed its Cow Appreciation Day and Tax Day freebies and deals are nearly nonexistent, restaurants across the nation are still offering free fries and fry deals Monday.
The holiday, also known as National Fry Day, is held annually on July 13. Most of Monday’s specials require a purchase or a mobile app.
There are contests Monday, too. The Idaho Potato Commission is giving away $100 Visa gift card, an air fryer and other prizes. The Great American Takeout and Heinz are holding a ketchup art sweepstakes.
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With the ketchup contest, one grand prize winner will get $1,869 for 57 future takeout orders and 50 other artists will win $57 for takeout meal. (See contest details below.)
Fry Day 2020 deals and freebies
The following discounts and offers available at participating locations Monday, July 13 unless otherwise noted. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s: Get a free basket of fries with a $10 purchase Monday.
BurgerFi: Get half-price double cheeseburgers with an in-store purchase of a regular-sized French fries Monday. Then Tuesday through July 17, get free regular-sized fries with any purchase ordered on the BurgerFi app.
Burger King: Find several offers including $1 large fries on the BK app. App specials are listed at www.bk.com/offers.
Carl’s Jr.: Newsletter subscribers received an email with a coupon for free large fries with purchase of a Thickburger Monday. Sign up for future emails at www.carlsjr.com.
Checkers: Get a small, medium or large order of fries for $1 Monday. You can also get free fries for joining the chain’s text messaging program. Text SNACK to 88001 to sign up or sign up online at www.checkers.com/flavorhood.
Farmer Boys: Get fries for $1 with any purchase made after 2 p.m. Monday.
Fatburger: Get a free order of Skinny or Fat Fries with any purchase of $20 or more made on Postmates Monday through July 19.
Hardee’s: Newsletter subscribers received an email with a coupon for free large fries with purchase of a Thickburger Monday. Sign up for future emails at www.hardees.com.
KFC: To celebrate National French Fry Day and the permanent addition of its new Secret Recipe Fries to the menu at all U.S. restaurants, the fast food chain is offering individual orders of fries for 30 cents with any purchase Monday, according to a news release.
McDonald’s: Get a free medium fries Monday with the McDonald’s app. No purchase is necessary but there’s a limit of one offer per customer. Access the deal using the app’s “Mobile Order & Pay” feature or scan the deal code from the app at the restaurant, drive thru or kiosk.
Rally’s: Get a small, medium or large order of fries for $1 Monday. Get free fries with any purchase when you join the Flavorhood program at www.rallys.com/flavorhood.
Smashburger: Get a free side of signature Smash Fries with the purchase of any double burger Monday.
Steak ‘n Shake: For a limited time, participating restaurants are giving away free small orders of fries. There’s a limit of one order of free fries per person, the Indianapolis-based restaurant’s website notes.
Taco John’s: The chain is giving away free small orders of Potato Olés Monday. Redeem the offer in Taco John’s mobile app.
Wendy’s: The fast food chain has various deals on its app and website. Download the app at www.wendys.com.
White Castle: Get a free small French fries in-restaurant, online or via the White Castle app Monday or with this coupon. No purchase is necessary, according to the coupon.
More deals: Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have specials for National French Fry Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
National French Fry Day contests
Heinz and Great American Takeout: Post a photo of your ketchup art creation and post on either Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtags #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and #Sweepstakes. On Instagram, tag @thegreatamericantakeout and on Twitter tag @TheGATakeout. One winner will get $1,869 and 50 runners-up will get $57 to use on takeout meals. Learn more at www.thegreatamericantakeout.com.
Idaho Potato Commission: The commission is giving away $100 Visa gift card, an air fryer and other prizes. Enter at www.idahopotato.com/national-french-fry-sweepstakes.
Get free fries at McDonald’s Fridays
McDonald’s is celebrating Fry Day every Friday through Sept. 27.
Each Friday, get a free medium fries each Friday on mobile orders with a minimum $1 purchase when using an app offer.
App download and registration required. The offer is only available through Mobile Order & Pay at participating restaurants, according to the promotion’s fine print. Download the app for iOS and Android at www.mcdonalds.com or through app stores.
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