Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food for the First Day of Summer

Summer is here and so are the food deals.

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The best thing about there being so many food deals available on the first day of summer is that it's the day with the most sunlight. That means you'll have so much daylight to put down ice cream and hot dogs and burgers and Dilly Bars and whatever else you require to feel like you're celebrating summer's arrival properly. 

The first day of summer arrives on June 21, and, as mentioned above, restaurants have loads of deals to celebrate. You're going to have the opportunity to grab a deal at places like Wendy's, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and McDonald's.

Here are all the best food deals you'll find on the first day of summer. 

Free Food on the First Day of Summer

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
The deal:
It's running a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all original size sandwiches purchased through the website or mobile app. Use the code "BOGO."
When: June 21

Wendy's
The deal:
If you're new to the Wendy's mobile app and rewards program, you can get a free 10-piece order of Nuggets with any purchase. (Plus, you'll get 150 points for your first purchase, which is enough for a free Frosty.)
When: Through July 3

McDonald's
The deal:
Grab a free Happy Meal with any order of at least $15 through Grubhub. 
When: Through June 30

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
The deal:
Grab a free 24-ounce smoothie with any food purchase for National Smoothie Day. You'll need to use the app and join Tropic Rewards to redeem that perk. 
When: June 21

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal
: Make a $1 donation to the Alzheimer’s Association on the receipt of your order, and you'll get a free Pizzokie on your next visit. That freebie can be redeemed anytime through July 31. 
When: Donate through June 30

McDonald's
The deal:
 Spend at least $1 in the mobile app and you can grab a free Sprite. 
When: June 21

first day of summer food deals
Courtesy of Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Food Deals on the First Day of Summer

Wendy's
The deal:
Buy a Made to Crave burger or chicken sandwich and get the second one for just $1
When: Through June 30

Lenny & Larry's
The deal:
The cookie company is offering 20% off anything on its site with the code "SUMMER20."
When: June 21-24

Wendy's
The deal:
Take $2 off any breakfast combo or premium lunch or dinner combo through the mobile app. 
When: Through July 3

Wendy's
The deal:
Take $3 off any order of at least $15 through mobile app. Or you can take $4 off any order of at least $20. 
When: Through July 3

Tim Hortons
The deal:
If you're a Tims Rewards member in the US, you can get a 10-pack of Timbits donuts for $1. It's a reward for your appreciation of Canadian culture. Not really, but also kind of.
When: Every Tuesday through May 10

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain's new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it's BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird's imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Papa Murphy's
The deal:
Every Tuesday, you can grab a large pizza for $10. 
When: Every Tuesday

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
Get a free small queso with the purchase of any entrée.
When: Every Tuesday

Want more food deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersfood delivery offersalcohol delivery deals, and perks for getting your vaccination against COVID-19. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin on Twitter.