Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food for National Drive-Thru Day

The country is celebrating the drive-thru, so prepare for deals through your car window.

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Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist
Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

July 24 is National Drive-Thru Day. In the US, this feels grossly unnecessary. 

Nonetheless, it exists. No matter how many millions of cars zip through drive-thrus on a daily basis across the country, we've got a special day to celebrate the magic of getting food tossed into your car from a window in a kitchen. Naturally, there are deals to celebrate the arrival of National Drive-Thru Day, which you may or may not have known existed prior to finding out that there's a celebration taking place. Still, you can dig up deals at restaurants like McDonald's, Del Taco, Wendy's, and a whole lot of other chains sporting a drive-thru window. 

Here are the best deals you'll find on National Drive-Thru Day.

Free Food on National Drive-Thru Day

Del Taco
The deal:
Get a free Crispy Chicken Taco when you buy one during the week of National Drive-Thru Day. You'll have to be a Del Yeah! Rewards member, though. 
When: July 24-31

The deal: The code "DRIVETHRU" will get you six free breadsticks with any purchase made through the app. 
When: Through July 28

Carl's Jr. & Hardee's
The deal:
 Join the newly-launched rewards program to get your choice of a free Western Bacon Cheeseburger, Famous Star, or Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich
When: Ongoing

The deal: You can get your craving for that chicken sandwich fulfilled. Popeyes is offering free contactless delivery through its app with a minimum $20 order.
When: Ongoing

del taco deal
Courtesy of Del Taco

Other Deals on National Drive-Thru Day

Metro Diner
The deal:
It is bringing back its Pittsburgh Steak Salad, which is a salad that is topped with French fries, steak tips, blue cheese crumbles, and blue cheese dressing. It'll run you $15. 
When: Through August 21

On the Border
The deal:
Get an 1800 Tequila Grande Margarita for $5 to celebrate National Tequila Day.
When: July 24

Pluckers Wing Bar
The deal: 
Get a $5 order of Fried Cheese as part of a series of deals for Pluckers' 27th anniversary. 
When: July 24

The deal:
Place an order of at least $30 and you can take $5 off with the code "POKEPICNIC." You'll have to be a rewards member and order either online or through the app. 
When: Through July 31

The deal:
 Get free delivery when you order through the KFC app or website. 
When: Through July 24

Noodles & Company
The deal: 
Grab a Regular Veggie entrée for the price of a small if you're a Noodles Rewards member. 
When: July 18-24

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Penn Station East Coast Subs
The deal:
Grab BOGO sandwiches from the sub chain. Use the code "SUMMER2022" at participating locations. 
When: Through July 31

Whole Foods
The deal:
Get 20% off all hot dogs. If you're a Prime member, you'll get an extra 10% off. That deal includes plant-based hot dogs. 
When: July 20-26

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.