Everywhere You Can Get Free and Cheap Food for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July Deals 2018
Courtesy of Mimi's Cafe
Courtesy of Mimi's Cafe

The Fourth of July is synonymous with cookouts. It's a day for burgers and hot dogs, potato salad and a cooler full of icy beers. (And, oddly, mattress sales.) Though life would be best lived if every meal on Wednesday came straight off the grill, that probably won't be the case. 

However, in honor of Independence Day, restaurants across the US are offering alluring freebies and deals that will make you want to fill your craw full of chili dogs and funnel cake. Here are all the places where you can taste the freedom. 

Free Food for the Fourth of July

Mimi's Cafe
The deal: When you dine in, say "free funnel cake" to your server and you'll get just that, a warm funnel cake dusted in powdered sugar, strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. Limit one per person with the purchase of an entrée.
When: starting at 11am on July 4

The deal: Participating Quiznos around the US are offering buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) BBQ pulled pork subs through the Quiznos Toasty Points loyalty mobile app.
When: July 1-8

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal: Get BOGO bagels from the Flavors Across America series when you flash a local ID. 
When: July 2-6

Paris Baguette
The deal: If you stop in for a signature Frappe, you'll get a coupon for a free Frappe on your next visit, including new flavors like Honeydew Coconut, Cotton Candy, Matcha Green Tea, and Horchata.
When: Through July 11

The deal: Get a free kids buffet with the purchase of an adult buffet. 
When: July 4

fourth of july deals
Courtesy of Quiznos

Food Deals for the Fourth of July

Hungry Howie's
The deal:
 Buy a large one-topping pizza and get a medium one-topping pizza for just $0.04.
When: July 1 - 4

White Castle
The deal: White Castle will be offering 20% off online and app orders with the promo code "FOURTH."
When: Through July 4

The deal:
 The hot dog hub has a bunch of cheap food packages in its "Crowd Pleasers" deals, including three medium fries, three chili dogs, and three hot dogs for $10. See all the deals here
When: Through July 4

Minibar Delivery
The deal: The alcohol delivery service is offering $10 off your first order with the code "INDEPENDENCE."
When: July 4

The deal: You'll get a BOGO deal on your receipt if you buy an entrée. You can redeem the offer as early as the following day. (If you're keeping track at home that means you have to buy two sandwiches to get one.)
When: July 2-8

The deal: Houlihan's is reimagining its popular Long Island Iced Tea for the Fourth. The $5 'Murica LIT is the classic Long Island "patriotically garnished" with a Bomb Pop popsicle. As American as jet skis and t-shirt cannons. 
When: July 2 - 6

Carrabba's Italian Cafe
The deal: The Cafe's Fourth of July happy hour features cheap drinks, including beers for as little as $2. It also has half-price appetizers to fill your belly before you head out to the fireworks.
When: July 4

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal: The cafe's Red, White and Brew deal offers local craft beer paired with either the chicken-fried ribs or a steakhouse burger for $11.99.
When: July 4

The deal: Take 20% off everything in the online shop with the code "JULY4" and $1 off everything in the Culver and Pasadena stores.
When: July 4

Mrs. Fields
The deal: If you're looking for a massive basket of cookies for a party (or for yourself), you can take 30% off the cookie company's Stars and Bites Forever Basket. It contains 120 small cookies, 72 brownie bits, and 12 large cookies. 
When: Through July 4

BJ's Brewhouse
The deal: Buy an adult entree and two beverages, get a second entree for half off, per Offers.com.
When: Through July 15

Jimboy's Tacos
The deal: Pick up Jimboy's signature taco burger and fries for just five bucks.
When: Through July 7

Auntie Anne's
The deal: My Pretzel Perks members can take $1 off any pretzel and drink combo. It'll appear under your account in the app. 
When: Through July 11

The deal: Pick up any small classic or signature sandwich, a bag of ships, and a small fountain drink and it'll only run you $5. 
When: July 4

The deal: The customizable wine subscription is offering free shipping on its introductory box with the code "FIREWORKS."
When: Through July 5

fourth of july food deals
Courtesy of Bruegger's Bagels

Other Weird Foods for the Fourth

Bruegger's Bagels
The deal: There's no discount, but you can start your morning with red, white, and blue bagels from Bruegger's. 
When: July 4

Dairy Queen
The deal: 
The home of the Blizzard is releasing two limited edition "Americana-inspired" Blizzards for America Day. The Star-Spangled Blizzard is full of rock candy blended into vanilla soft serve and topped with blue rock candy and the Stars & Stripes StarKiss Frozen Treat. (Yeah, it's a popsicle on top of the Blizzard.) The Oreo Firework Blizzard is loaded with red and blue popping candy, Oreo pieces, and vanilla soft serve.
When: Ongoing

More Fourth of July Deals?

If you know of Fourth of July freebies and deals we missed, email us at news@thrillist.com and we'll add 'em here. 

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. Follow him @dlukenelson.