A Dunkin' Donuts sign hangs outside one of its stores September 7, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

Today, September 29 is a holiday that you don’t want to miss: it’s National Coffee Day! All places that serve coffee have some kind of specials or freebies going on for the day.

Many of the deals today will require an app and being registered for a loyalty program. With loyalty programs, you can earn free cups of coffee and get discounts throughout the year; many programs give you a free cup for joining. Check out the specials below.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Free coffee with purchase:

To get Dunkin’s National Coffee Day deal, you have to be a member of their free DD Perks loyalty program. Members will get a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase Wednesday.

Krispy Kreme free coffee and donut:

Krispy Kreme rewards members get a free brewed coffee and doughnut of their choice Wednesday, no purchase necessary. Non-rewards members also can get a treat – a free brewed coffee with no required purchase.

Also, through Dec. 31, get a free glazed doughnut for showing a valid COVID-19 vaccination card.

Starbucks: Free coffee for 50th anniversary:

Starbucks is celebrating its 50th anniversary today with a rare freebie. The coffee giant is inviting customers to bring in a clean, empty, reusable cup, up to 20 ounces, to participating locations Wednesday to receive a free cup of Pike Place Roast brewed coffee.

Select Starbucks Reserve locations in Seattle, Chicago and New York City are offering customers who bring in a clean, empty, reusable cup into the store to receive a free Starbucks Reserve coffee or cold brew.

Starbucks started allowing customers to bring in personal reusable cups again in June after having temporarily restricted them in the early days of the pandemic in March 2020.

There’s another Starbucks freebie Wednesday. While supplies last, sign up for a free Pike Place Roast packaged coffee to brew at home. Limit one per customer.

Panera free coffee for parents:

Panera has dedicated the coffee holiday to parents and caregivers. Today, when you place an order say you’re a parent or caregiver to get free coffee all day.

By 11:59 p.m. ET today, you can enter for a chance to win one of 450 Panera “Jump Start Jug,” a gallon-sized bottle to fill with iced coffee. Enter here.

If you join Panera’s coffee subscription from now through Thursday, you can get three months free; sign up starting Friday for free coffee through the end of the year. Some exclusions apply.

Wawa: Free cup of coffee:

Wawa is giving away free coffee at the company’s locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. Through Thursday, Wawa is giving away free coffee to teachers and school administrators as part of its “Cheers to Classroom” initiative.

McDonald’s: 99-cent coffee with app:

McDonald’s told USA TODAY that it doesn’t have a dedicated Coffee Day offer but does have 99-cent hot or iced coffee through the end of the year on its app. The deal is for any size premium roast or iced coffee and can be used once per day.

7-Eleven: Free coffee with baked goods purchase:

7-Eleven is giving its 7Rewards loyalty members a free coffee Wednesday with the purchase of a baked good. Also, get a free extra large hot coffee with any purchase through 7-Eleven Delivery via the 7NOW app.

More Coffee Day Deals and Freebies:

Au Bon Pain: Now through Friday, hot and iced brewed drip coffees are $1 and customers are encouraged to “pick up two coffees – one for themselves and one (or two or three) to treat someone else.” No promo codes or coupons are needed.

Barnes & Noble: Get a free hot or iced tall coffee today with the purchase of any item from the “bake case” at store cafes.

QuickChek: Rewards members get a free 20-ounce hot or iced coffee Wednesday.

Biggby Coffee: Get a free 20-ounce hot brewed coffee today.

Casey’s: Now through October 2, get a free small coffee with any purchase using Casey’s Rewards.

Circle K: Text FREE to 31310 for a free cup of coffee today.

EG America: All SmartPay Rewards app users across the company – which includes Cumberland Farms, Certified Oil, Fastrac, Kwik Shop, Loaf N’ Jug, Minit Mart, Quik Stop, Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill – will receive a digital coupon for one free coffee Wednesday. The coupon is for any size, hot or iced coffee.

Duck Donuts: Registered loyalty members will receive an app reward for a free medium cold brew or frappe that can be redeemed in-shop or online Wednesday through Friday. To get this deal, guests needed to download and register for the app by yesterday’s deadline.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: With any food or beverage purchase $2 or more, get a free regular size brewed coffee Wednesday.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Get a free hot or iced coffee with app orders.

Kolache Factory: Get a free 12-ounce coffee Wednesday with a coupon that will be emailed and posted on social media. No purchase is necessary but the coupon is not valid on espresso drinks. Limit one coupon per person, per visit.

Love’s Travel Stops: Get any size coffee or hot beverage for $1 Wednesday with the Love’s Connect app. All proceeds go to Love’s annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign.

MAPCO: All guests can get a free 16-ounce coffee Wednesday.

Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop: All loyalty members who use their Adventure Club or Nitro cards can get any size coffee for $1 Wednesday.

Pilot Flying J: Get any size dispensed hot, iced, or cold brew Pilot coffee free with the chain’s rewards app Wednesday.

PJ’s Coffee: Get a free 12-ounce hot coffee or cold brew Wednesday with the chain’s app with code COFFEE.

Scooter’s Coffee: Customers can get a free coffee Wednesday with the chain’s app.

Sheetz: Rewards members get one free coffee Wednesday. The offer is for any size self-serve coffee and no purchase is necessary.

Tim Hortons: The chain is celebrating coffee all month long, so now through October 26, Time Hortons is offering any size hot or iced coffee for 99 cents when ordering on the Tim Hortons app or online. New Tims Rewards members from Wednesday through November 9 also get a free donut with the purchase of any coffee beverage.

More deals: Local coffee shops and smaller chains may also offer free coffee or discounts Wednesday. An easy way to find out is to check social media.

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