Free doughnuts or free donuts, no matter how you say it, today is the day where shops and businesses across the nation are honoring National Doughnut Day by handing out a freebie of their delectable delights.

According to USA Today, the debate around the spelling of the word "donut" vs. "doughnut" can take a backseat today as these freebies are handed out. National Doughnut Day started back in 1938 as a way to honor the women of the Salvation Army who served doughnuts to soldiers.

While the doughnut was created to be a symbol of comfort and support, it is still what one would call a "comfort food" today.

So the first Friday in June is designated as National Doughnut Day and the businesses below are celebrating this holiday with free doughnuts today.

Dunkin Donuts

A free donut is offered all day with any purchase at your local Dunkin Donuts store.

Krispy Kreme

These doughnuts are "arguably the best donut deal anywhere," according to CNET. They offer a free donut with no strings attached. Just walk into your local Krispy Kreme shop and get a free donut with no purchase necessary.

Edible Arrangements

If you are looking for a healthy version of a free donut, this is the place to head for. Edible Arrangements is offering a free sample of their apple ring, which looks like a donut, dipped in chocolate.

Lamar's Donuts

They are offering a free donut and in turn, ask that you make a donation to the Salvation Army. Check out their website for the coupon.

Papa John's

It may seem odd that a place known for their pizza is offering a free donut, but according to CNET, they are getting into the donut hole business. Their national roll-out is slated for June 2 but ahead of that, they offer a free order of their donut holes when you order any pizza online today.


Yes, Walmart is offering a free glazed donut to honor National Doughnut Day today.

Local donut shops will also be offering free donuts for today, so you will need to check in your area for the stores that are not part of a nationwide chain. Sometimes donuts get a bad rap for their tons of calories and fat, but a free donut on National Doughnut Day is a tradition that's hard to pass up.

From glazed to jelly, everyone has a favorite donut and many have a favorite donut shop where they purchase their favorite.

We've come a long way from the days of coffee and donuts for the soldiers during the war, but there is something about a donut that evokes that same type of comfort even while you are enjoying it in your own kitchen or living room.