National Doughnut Day 2020: Where to get free donuts and deals

National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 5!  Many local donut shops will offer free treats and special deals to celebrate this national food day.

In 1938, The Salvation Army created National Donut Day, or National Doughnut Day, to honor those of their members who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Today, National Donut Day is a reminder that the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference.

This year, the Salvation Army will also celebrate National Donut Day by showing appreciation to medical heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will deliver donuts to Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, along with a special performance from Dirty Dozen Brass Band, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Friday.

Here’s our list of where to find freebies and great deals on National Donut Day around the New Orleans area. Let us know about other great donut deals we missed! Contact us here.

Krispy Kreme

This year to sweeten the holiday, Krispy Kreme changed National Doughnut Day to National Doughnut Week. Customers can pick up one of three doughnut varieties from Kripsy Kreme for free with no purchase necessary from Monday, June 1 until Friday, June 5. Krispy Kreme is offering its Original Glazed, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles and Original Filled doughnuts with the promotion. There is a limit of one free doughnut per day, and delivery is excluded from this offer.

Joe’s Cafe

Joe’s Café is going all out with the treat of the summer — free donuts! Customers can grab six free glazed donuts with the purchase of any dozen donuts from 5 a.m., while supplies last.

Joe’s Café has locations in Marrero, Westwego, Metairie, Kenner and Terrytown.


Shipley’s Do-Nuts

If you’re in the Old Metairie area, stop by Shipley’s Do-Nuts. The store is offering a free glazed doughnut with any purchase between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.



Dunkin’ Donuts

For those looking to celebrate, Dunkin’ Donuts offers a free donut with any beverage purchase. So which donut are you choosing?


Bakers Dozen

Bakers Dozen in Jefferson goes festive for the celebration. The bakery will showcase themed donuts centered around “Things We Missed in 2020.” The first 100 customers will receive a free hot glazed donut.

Customers can preorder online or stop by the shop from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.



Terrytown Cafe

On the West Bank, Terrytown Cafe offers a sweet deal to celebrate. Customers can buy a dozen and get an order of holes free.