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NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY – First Friday in June

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY – First Friday in June

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT (DONUT) DAY

Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day, celebrating the doughnut and honoring the Salvation Army Lassies. The Salvation Army Lassies are the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army. It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe. Home-cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.” A more standard spelling of the word is “donut.”

Salvation Army truck sitting in front of Bearscat Bakehouse in Bismarck, ND.

Salvation Army truck sitting in front of Bearscat Bakehouse in Bismarck, ND.

On this day, many bakeries and coffee shops in the United States offer doughnut deals to their customers.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDonutDay #NationalDoughnutDay

Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite doughnut. There are many varieties of doughnuts to choose from, too! Whether you prefer glazed or creme-filled, holes, or any number of deliciously made doughnuts, get out there and support your local bakeries. Pick up a dozen to deliver to first responders, a nursing station, or your favorite charity. Use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.

Be sure to check out the Celebration Deals page, too! If you have a great #DonutDay deal, be sure to use the Contact Us link and let us know. We’ll add your deal to the list!

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY HISTORY

The Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. This day began as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. The goal of their 1938 fundraiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

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DATES
5 June 2020
4 June 2021
3 June 2022
2 June 2023
7 June 2024
6 June 2025
5 June 2026
4 June 2027
2 June 2028
1 June 2029

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