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 5, 2020.
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 5) 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). On June 5, you can get a FREE blueberry donut with any purchase.
On June 5 you can also get the King’s Assortment for $11.50 a dozen. According to their Facebook page, the pre-assorted dozen usually includes 2 chocolate long johns, 1 caramel long john, 1 twist, 2 glazed, 1 cream filled bismark, 1 jelly bismark, and 4 assorted cake. While supplies last, contents may vary. There will be a pop-up express lane available for the King’s Assortment. The staff will load them right into your car.
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.
All registered Duck Donuts Rewards members will receive a FREE cinnamon sugar donut offer, redeemable June 5-7, in-store, online, through the app or for delivery. In order to receive the free cinnamon sugar donut, guests must download and register on the Duck Donuts Rewards app before June 4, 11:59 p.m. PST.
Duck Donuts is also introducing a limited-time National Donut Day Assortment for guests to experience the most popular toppings and all of the company’s iconic flavors, such as French Toast, Blueberry, Strawberry Confetti, and Cookies & Cream
On National Donut Day Dunkin’ is offering guests a FREE classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. Classic donut favorites include Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate, Jelly Filled and more. This special offer is good all day on June 5 at participating locations while supplies last.
To extend the holiday excitement through the weekend, Grubhub is also offering a free half-dozen donuts on Dunkin’ orders of $10 or more on June 6 and June 7.
Donut lovers interested in DIY for the holiday can pick up a DIY Dunkin’ Donut Kit. The donut kits are comprised of plain donut rings, three different types of frosting, and a variety of sprinkles, giving sweets lovers the opportunity to decorate their own donut creations at home.
Want to win FREE donuts from Dunkin’ for a year? Beginning June 3 and continuing through National Donut Day, anyone who shares an original Donut Party slogan on Instagram with #DunkinDonutPartySweepstakes will be entered to win one of a half-dozen prizes of a year’s worth of free Dunkin’ donuts. See terms and conditions here.
Fluffy Fresh Donuts
Fluffy Fresh Donuts on State Line Road has been serving donuts in Kansas City since 1959. On National Donut Day, they’ll serve customers a FREE glazed donut with any purchase, while supplies last.
Another sweet deal on June 5: get a $5 Fluffy Fresh Donuts gift certificate with any $25 purchase. Sounds like this might be the day to get donuts for the whole neighborhood!
PLEASE NOTE: These National Donut Day deals are only good at the Fluffy Fresh Donuts location at 10123 State Line Road in Kansas City, MO. There is another Fluffy Fresh Donut shop located at 5729 Johnson Drive in Mission, KS. The two stores are not affiliated. We’re sure the folks at both stores are great people serving great donuts, but we don’t want anyone confused or upset so be sure to go to the correct location (the one on State Line Road). Thanks!
The grocery chain is offering $10/assorted dozen and $5 half-dozen donuts on June 5. You can stay in your car and get curbside assistance. Donut drive up hours are from 7 to 11 a.m. at all 20 Kansas City area Hy-Vee locations.
The assortment for the dozen donuts is as follows. The half dozen is just one less of each flavor.
- 2 Long Johns
- 2 Glazed Rings
- 2 Iced Cake
- 2 Fried Glaze Croissant
- 2 Iced Raised Donut
- 2 Fried Cinnamon Rolls
For every dozen donuts you purchase on National Donut Day at Hurt’s Donuts in Kansas City you’ll be entered into a drawing to win FREE dozens for an entire year. Eat up Kansas City!
Visit Kansas City’s location at 8901 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO.
Krispy Kreme is extending National Doughnut Day into National Doughnut Week — from June 1 to 5.
During the sweet week, customers can pick up a FREE doughnut of their choice at participating locations (including the drive-thru.) No purchase necessary. This year, not only can donut lovers pick their favorite doughnut, but they can pick their day, too.
There is a limit of one complimentary doughnut per person, per day.
Choose from any of Krispy Kreme’s fresh-made doughnut varieties (while supplies last), including the iconic Original Glazed Doughnut, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut and Original Filled Doughnut varieties.
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
LaMar’s Donuts is partnering with the Salvation Army this year to make sure kids get fed during the summer months. You’ll get a FREE donut (any variety with a hole in it) when you give.
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
OMG Coffee and Donuts in downtown Blue Springs is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week. Stop by and enjoy sprinkle donuts for a $1 each all week long.
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