National Donut Day —or “Doughnut”, as some spell it —falls each year on the first Friday in June. This year National Donut Day falls on June 4, 2021.
The Salvation Army established the first National Donut Day in 1938 as a fundraiser and a way to honor the memory of The Salvation Army volunteer “Donut Lassies,” who prepared and served the fried dough treat to soldiers during WWI. These volunteers were the only female nonmilitary personnel stationed on the front lines, preparing donuts inside U.S. soldiers’ steel helmets, using only hot oil and a stove.
The pastries were virtually unknown in America at the time. As soldiers, or “doughboys” returned home, their craving for the sweet treat helped create the culinary phenomenon of the donut.
National Donut Day Deals in Kansas City
Here are the local Kansas City donut shops and national chains observing the delicious holiday by offering freebies and deals to customers. All of the offers are valid at participating locations, while supplies last. Read carefully as some deals are only good on National Donut Day (June 4) while others last longer. Also, some require a purchase or the use of the company’s mobile app to redeem the offer.
We’re still scouting for deals so check back to see what else we find for National Donut Day in Kansas City.
Local donut and pastry shop, Donut King has donuts fit for royalty (it says so on their website). This year on National Donut Day, you can get a FREE donut with any purchase.
If you’re looking for a deal outside of National Donut Day, check out Donut King’s happy hour. Offered daily, you can get a donut and small coffee from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for only $2.
Donut King is located at 2320 Armour Road, North Kansas City, MO.
Customers will have something to quack about on National Donut Day at Duck Donuts.
Everyone visiting a store in person on June 4, 2021 gets a FREE bare, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donut. No other purchase is necessary to take advantage of this National Donut Day freebie.
Duck Donuts is located at 12130 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS.
On National Donut Day, Dunkin’ is offering guests a FREE classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage, while supplies last. Classic donut favorites include Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate, Jelly Filled and more.
Dunkin’s special offer to ring in the holiday is good all day on National Donut Day, Friday, June 4, at participating Dunkin’ locations, while supplies last.
Fluffy Fresh Donuts
Fluffy Fresh Donuts on State Line Road has been serving donuts in Kansas City since 1959. They’ve participated in National Donut Day before, so we hope to hear back from them soon on a deal for 2021.
Hurts Donut Company is partnering with The Warrior’s Journey for National Donut Day. The charity will receive 10% of National Donut Day sales from each Hurts Donut location on June 4.
Visit Kansas City’s location at 8901 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO.
On National Donut Day, all customers can get a FREE donut of choice at participating Krispy Kreme stores.
And, if you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccination, you can get two FREE Original Glazed Donuts — just show your Covid vaccination card.
In addition, donut lovers can take advantage of a special bonus offer this year. Get an Original Glazed dozen for just $1 with any dozen purchase. There is a limit of one discounted dozen per regular dozen purchased — up to four per customer. The discount is only available in-shop.
You can grab this deal at one of three participating Kansas City area locations:
- Kansas City, KS – 7648 State Avenue
- Merriam, KS – 8805 Shawnee Mission Parkway
- Overland Park, KS – 10390 Metcalf Avenue
Celebrate the food holiday at LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee with several sweet offers. As always, customers can enjoy a FREE glazed donut at the shop on June 4. And, on June 4, all LaMar’s gift cards purchased online will be 12% off for the day.
The donut shop is also sponsoring a sweepstakes with the chance for customers to win FREE donuts for a year, month or week through its donut sweepstakes — from May 30 to June 5.
Plus, buy a LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee’s Charlie Hustle limited-edition t-shirt and get a coupon for a FREE donut and small coffee.
This franchise favorite has its roots in Kansas City, Mo., where Ray Lamar opened the first location in 1960. According to Lamar’s web site, locals flocked to the location in a converted gas station on Linwood Boulevard and the donuts became a Kansas City institution. In 1990, Ray and his wife, Shannon, decided to franchise and there are now 25 locations in five states. Nine of these locations are here in the metro.
OMG Coffee and Donuts
Celebrate National Donut Day a little early at OMG Coffee and Donuts in downtown Blue Springs. This local shop showcases a different donut every Wednesday for just $1. Stop in to see what the Dollar Donut special is for the week. If ordering through the app, use code: DollarDonut.
OMG Coffee and Donuts is located at 710 W Main Street, Blue Springs, MO.
Local Kansas City Donut Shoppes
With so many local donut shops and bakeries popping up, check local shops for more possible freebies and deals on the sweet day.
Donutology – Kansas City, MO (Westport)
Doughboy Donuts – Raytown, MO
Johnny’s Donuts – Kansas City, MO
Hana’s Donuts – Kansas City, KS
Holt’s Donuts – Grandview, MO
Ridgewood Donuts – Kansas City, MO