Summertime freebies: where to get free ice cream, meals, and more

Jul 3, 2019, 10:24 AM by Nuvision Credit Union 

Nothing beats getting things for free. July is a great time for freebies, with many companies offering food and other items at no cost. Here is our list of the top freebies and discounts offered this month:

Places to get free food

Free chicken entrée at Chick-fil-a

Availability Dates: Tuesday, July 9th

Special Details: Visit a location dressed in cow costume or related attire

In honor of Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-a offers a free entrée to anybody who walks through the doors sporting a cow-like outfit (a black and white spotted t-shirt, cow hat, or spotted accessory would all qualify). Visit any location between opening and 7 pm to receive your free chicken.

Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven

Availability Dates: Thursday, July 11th

Special Details: Arrive early—the deal is good while supplies last

Stop by your nearest 7-Eleven location on July 11th, between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm for a free, 12 oz Slurpee! This tradition started back in 2002 to celebrate the 75th birthday of the company and has continued ever since.

Free hot dog day

Availability Dates: Wednesday, July 17th 

The third Wednesday of July has officially been named National Hot Dog day. This year, it is July 17th. Many companies offer free hot dogs on this day, so keep an eye out for deals as the date gets closer. Places known to offer freebies and discounts on this day last year included 7-Eleven, Sonic, Dog Haus, Wienerschnitzel, Burntzilla, and others.

National Ice Cream Day

Availability Dates: Sunday, July 21st 

This annually observed holiday is celebrated on the third Sunday of July each year. Many restaurants and ice cream shops provide free ice cream or discounted items on this day. Announcements have not yet been made by specific companies, but last year Baskin Robbins, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Cold Stone Creamery, and many others offered some sort of deal. Stay on the lookout for more information the week before.

National Chicken Wing Day

Availability Dates: Monday, July 21st 

Founded in the City of Buffalo during 1977, National Chicken Wing day celebrates the huge amount of chicken wings consumed by Americans each year. Many restaurants celebrate this day with free and discounted chicken wings. Some places that offered deals last year include Wingstop, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Hooters. To stay updated on all things chicken wing related, you can visit the National Chicken Wing Day website here.

National Cheesecake Day

Availability Dates: Tuesday, July 30th

To commemorate National Cheesecake Day, the Cheesecake Factory will be offering guests a slice of cheesecake for half price. All 30 flavors are included in the deal, along with the newly released Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake.

Kid-specific activities & freebies

Apple Camp

Availability Dates: Various dates through summer

Special Details: Register in advance and check website for participating locations 

Kids between 8 and 12 can enjoy a free, three-day long camp that teaches creativity and technology skills through hands-on projects. Camps include song making, design, coding, and movie making.

Library activities

Availability Dates: All summer

Special Details: Visit the library calendar for specific events

The OC Public Libraries offer tons of free events for children throughout the summer. From story time to workshops and movies, there’s something for every child.

Summer reading programs

Availability Dates: Various dates throughout the summer

Special Details: Check with provider for details

Many places offer free books and prizes to kids who complete a certain amount of reading over the summer. OC Public Libraries offers the Summer Library Challenge through July 28th, where kids can earn points and collect badges for their reading. Barnes and Noble gives a free book to any child that reads eight books and records them in their Summer Reading Journal before August 31st. Other companies like Amazon and Pizza Hut offer programs as well.

Free bowling games

Availability Dates: All summer

Special Details: Find a participating bowling center here

Parents can sign kids up for up to two free bowling games a week with kids bowl free. Many bowling alleys in Orange County area are a part of this program, but you can look on their website for the full list.