Everyone Gets Free Taco Bell Today to Celebrate the 'Taco Moon'

Get a free taco and look for a big taco in the night sky.

Courtesy of Taco Bell
Courtesy of Taco Bell

Look up at the night sky on Tuesday, May 4, and there's a chance you'll see the "Taco Moon."

No, this isn't a new phase of the moon officially recognized by taco-loving astronomers. The totally made up—and admittedly fitting—lunar phase is a loving tribute to our natural satellite by none other than Taco Bell. And to celebrate its arrival, everyone gets a free taco.

Here's the deal: Hit up your local T-Bell between 8pm and 11:59 on May 4, and you'll score a free Crunchy Taco—you don't even need to buy anything. Or, if you'd rather upgrade your lunch plans instead, you can snag the freebie if you order online or via the chain's mobile app at any time throughout the day. The moon-inspired feeding frenzy will take place in more than 20 countries and will mark the most tacos the company has ever handed out for free on a single day, according to a spokesperson.

"Taco Bell has been an established brand in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and we are thrilled by the accelerating fandom we’re seeing globally," President of Taco Bell Julie Felss Masino said in a statement. "As we're opening more and more restaurants internationally, we know the May 4 moon will take us to new 'heights' as we introduce ourselves to new future fans in a delicious way."

Courtesy of Taco Bell

For its part, Taco Bell's press release about the giveaway comes with this funny disclaimer: "Taco Bell does not claim to own copyrights to a lunar phase of the moon, but stands behind the fact this really does look like a Taco Bell taco." The company makes no mention of Star Wars Day, which also takes place on May 4. That's a bit of an oversight in our eyes, considering the missed opportunities for bad jokes alone. For example, "That's no moon! It's a taco!" immediately came to mind.

If you've already got plans during the relatively limited redemption period, fret not my friends. Taco Bell is also serving up two other offers all day on May 4 and May 5, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. You can snag the $5 Build-Your-Own Cravings Box, which includes a Crunchy Taco, Soft Taco, Doritos Locos Taco, one Spicy Potato Soft Taco, and a medium fountain beverage by default, but is fully customizable.

You can also get the $15 Build-Your-Own Taco Party Pack if you're planning to really go all out. This one's also customizable, but the standard version includes three Crunchy Tacos, three Soft Tacos, three Doritos Locos Tacos, and three Spicy Potato Soft Tacos. Hey, maybe throw a Taco Moon viewing party?

By the way, don't forget to swing by McDonald's after you get your free Crunchy Taco to grab a free Caramel Brownie McFlurry for dessert on May 4. "Taco Moon," Star Wars Day, free food—it's shaping to be a great Tuesday.

Want more free food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebies, gift card offers, deals on food for kids, food delivery, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. 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.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Megan Schaltegger is a staff writer at Thrillist.