Celebrate the changing of the seasons on March 20th with free treats at some of your favorite retailers.

By Nora Horvath
March 19, 2018
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While it still seems like winter outside in some parts of the U.S., the first official day of spring is right around the corner. On Tuesday, March 20, stop by and pick up a frozen treat (for free!) at both Rita’s Italian Ice and Dairy Queen locations to welcome the new season.   

For over 20 years, Rita’s Italian Ice has celebrated the beginning of spring by giving away free Italian Ice to customers. In 2016, the popular chain gave away almost 1 million cups of Italian Ice in just a nine-hour period. And despite the fact that many places in the U.S. still have snow on the ground, Rita’s is ready to bring you out of winter hibernation when you stop by any location from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.   

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Rita’s is also encouraging fans to come up with super-creative excuses for getting out of work to participate in Rita's First Day of Spring for the chance to win a trip to Miami. Simply visit Rita's Facebook page, click on the Ultimate Hooky Trip tab, and share the best excuse you can come up with. The contestant who posts the best excuse to ditch their daily responsibilities on the First Day of Spring will be awarded a three-day, two-night to Miami.

If you’re more in the mood for a cold, creamy treat, stop by Dairy Queen for a free small vanilla cone to celebrate Free Cone Day. The celebration is going on all day long, with one catch: DQ locations that are located in malls are not part of the promotion.

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Dairy Queen will also be asking for donations to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals when you pick up your free cone, a cause they have partnered with numerous times over the years, raising more than $120 million total.

So if you find yourself in a slump on Tuesday, satisfy your sweet tooth with a refreshing ice or cone—or both!