National Donut Day is June 7 and several Cincinnati-area bakeries are celebrating by giving away free donuts.
From noon-1 p.m. on Fountain Square, the Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association will be celebrating by giving away free sweets while supplies last. Participating bakeries include:
- Schmidt Bakery
- Holtman’s Donuts
- Busken Bakery
- Regina Bakery
- Servatii Pastry
- Harrison Home Bakery
- Wyoming Pastry Shop
- North College Hill Bakery
- Bakery Hill at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State
- Marcella’s Doughnuts & Bakery
- The Bean Haus Bakery & Cafe
- Jupiter Coffee & Donuts
- Bonnie Lynn Bakery
- Bonomini Bakery
Along with free donuts, there will be a donut-stacking competition and appearances from mascots, celebrities and Salvation Army Donut Lassies.
During World War I, the Salvation Army traveled to France to provide emotional support to U.S. soldiers fighting overseas. They positioned themselves along the front lines in small huts to provide clothing, supplies and baked goods, including donuts. The Salvation Army continues to serve donuts to this day, along with meals, hydration and more to those in need during times of disaster. National Donut Day was started in their honor.
In addition to free sweets on Fountain Square, Dunkin' locations (formerly known as Dunkin' Donuts) will be inviting guests to "dunk out" out of their day and take a break with a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage.
“Donuts are part of the American story and hold a special place in our popular culture, so we believe a day for donuts is a day for America," says Dunkin’ U.S. chief marketing officer Tony Weisman in a release. "This National Donut Day, we encourage Americans to take a moment to ‘Dunk Out,’ recharge and enjoy their favorite donut variety at Dunkin’.”
Find Dunkin' locations here.