The first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day, and you might want to visit your local doughnut shop — free doughnuts are a tradition in many establishments! Learn more about it here.

National Doughnut Day

The first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day, but don’t break your diet just yet. This is a remembrance day to salute the women who volunteered to travel overseas to help American soldiers fighting World War I.

Yes, soldiers love doughnuts, mainly because they remind everyone of home. Is there anything more American than a doughnut?

Now, the tradition has lived on, and many doughnut shops around the country give away donuts to everyone willing to be part of such a special celebration.

There’s lots to say about doughnuts; the leavened fried dough with a hole in the middle is a popular baking treat. Although someone probably thought of making pastries shaped like rings in antiquity, modern doughnuts go back to 17th century New York, where Dutch settlers established bakeries selling the specialty to the residents of the newly founded city.

The name doughnut was actually ‘dough nut,’ and the tradition of calling rink shapes bakes and cookies ‘nuts’ goes back for centuries! We also started to call the baking treats donuts in the early 20th-century, and both spellings are current and correct.

Back to our holiday. If it’s the first Friday of June, it’s a good time to have a donut. Doughnut holes, filled donuts, baked donuts or just a regular doughnut — they’re all welcome on this memorable day.

Enjoy a doughnut and get some for your buddies; just remember to pay your respects to war heroes, even if they didn’t hold a rifle. Giving away doughnuts to soldiers is as good as any effort in the war.

History of National Doughnut Day

This tasty holiday commemorates the famous event created by the Salvation Army in 1938, Chicago, where people paid their respects to the honorable volunteers who served doughnuts to American soldiers in WWI.

Here’s what happened. The Salvation Army sent 250 volunteers to the war zone in Europe, and they oversaw providing basic needs to the soldiers. Along with writing supplies and clothes-mending kits, the ‘huts’ would also provide the soldiers with doughnuts.

Every first Friday of June, we celebrate the good deed, especially in Chicago, where the Salvation Army organizes a fundraiser every year. Of course, the good folks of the Salvation Army are not doughnut makers, so they rely on the support of the country’s largest doughnut makers to help with donations.

Now you can visit many doughnut shops and get a free donut, and if you’re feeling generous, you can buy some too and give them out to colleagues and friends. That’s the spirit!

How to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

Go get your free donut, and if they’re not offering them where you live, then buy a dozen and give them away yourself! Let’s show our generous side and bring a smile to people’s faces with the country’s most popular bake.

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