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Get Excited About Spring With Frozen Treats, Freebies and Deals

As the first day of spring arrives, there are lots of opportunities for free frozen treats and other deals at Rita's, Dairy Queen and more.

Warmer weather and daylight saving time mean that spring is right around the corner — and there are plenty of things to get excited about.

Wednesday, March 20, you can celebrate the beginning of spring with free treats at some of your local ice cream shops.

Rita’s Water Ice and Dairy Queen will be offering their annual freebies with the addition of some new promotions.

Here are some of the deals you can find on the first day of spring and after:

Rita’s Water Ice:

Rita’s is continuing its tradition offering free cups of regular water ice to customers on the first day of spring, regardless of the weather. This year, Rita’s is giving customers the chance to win free water ice for a year. To enter, post a picture on March 20 of your first day of spring at Rita’s with the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpringContest.

Find your local Rita’s here.

Dairy Queen:

Dairy Queen is giving out small vanilla soft-serve cones for free Wednesday on their annual “Free Cone Day.” After March 20, DQ is offering small regular or dipped soft serve cone for $.50 through their app until March 31.

Find your closest Dairy Queen here.

Baskin Robbins:

Not exactly free, but to “Celebrate 31,” Baskin Robbins is holding a promotion where customers can get any size scoop of ice cream for $1.70 or two pre-packaged quarts of ice cream for $7.99 on Sunday, March 31.

You can find your local shop here.


It isn't free but it sure is springlike. Chick-fil-A is celebrating spring with its Frosted Key Lime treat (the chicken giant claims it's lighter than a milkshake) starting at $3.25 for a 16-ounce cup. It's only available for a limited time.

You can find your local restaurant here.

Ben & Jerry’s:

“Free Cone Day” at Ben & Jerry’s is Tuesday, April 9. Dessert lovers can grab a free cone of ice cream, including vegan ice cream, from noon to 8 p.m.

You can find your closest Ben & Jerry’s here.

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