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NATIONAL DONUT DAY

When is National Donut Day in 2023?

National Donut Day in 2023 is on the Friday, 2nd of Jun (6/02/2023).

National Donut Day is on the 153rd day of 2023. There are 212 days left in the year.

National Donut Day Facts

  • Date: Jun 02, 2023
  • National
  • Also Called: Doughnut Day
  • Celebrations: Popular chains across the country distribute free donuts.
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What is National Donut Day?

Unlike the many food related holidays, the Chicago wing of the Salvation Army was instrumental in establishing the National Donut Day holiday in 1938. This started a charity event during the Great depression and in memory of the Salvation Army "lassies" who served complimentary donuts and coffee to soldiers during the World War I. Till date, the Salvation Army uses this day to conduct charity events in the United States of America.

Margaret Sheldon and Helen Purviance were two Salvation Army volunteers who came up with the idea of providing dounuts for the soldiers during the World War I. The donuts were a symbol of motherhood and home. This idea was deeply appreciated by the soldiers and soon the women who were involved in this work were nicknamed "Doughnut Girls".

Since the establishment of the holiday, the donut manufacturers and other related retailers rejoice by handing out free or discounted donuts to the customers on this day.

Donut and the history behind it

Doughnuts / donuts are made of sweet dough that is deep-fried and sweetened. They are characteristically round with a hole in the centre. There are many varieties flavours, shapes and sizes of donuts. These include cinnamon twist donuts, fritters, centre filled donuts, glazed donuts, chocolate covered donuts and sour cream donuts.

The origin of the donut is not clear however the unique shape made an appearance in the United States around the mid-1800's. It is said that Hanson Gregory was instrumental in introducing this shape as a result of distaste for the raw cores and oiliness of the original shapes of the donuts. He is said to have obtained the shape by pressing the centre to make a hole in the centre with a tin pepper box.

When is National Donut Day Celebrated?

National Donut Day is an unofficial holiday that occurs every year on the first Friday of June. This originated in US and has been adopted in other countries like Canada, Australia and UK.

What is the correct spelling - Donut or Doughnut?

Although Doughnut is the original, old-school spelling, Donut is a shorted version that has been made popular by Dunkin Donuts.

Are there other donut holidays?

The other donut dedicated holidays are "International Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day", celebrated on June 8, "National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day" that falls on September 14. Buy a Doughnut Day occurs on October 30. However, the history and origins about these holidays are ambiguous. National Donut Day retains the spot of being the most popular and well-known donut holiday.

How to celebrate National Donut Day?

With the rise of marketing gimmicks that try to cash in on the popularity of the holiday, the significance of this holiday is lost to history. This day is now just seen as a day to cash in on free donuts from major donut chains. You can grab your favourite donut from donut stores like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts that offer free donuts on this day.

You can volunteer to help at the events and fundraisers conducted by the Salvation Army at your location and experience the spirit of giving back to the society. Your time and donation towards the Salvation Army can help and ensure that they can continue to sustain their efforts to spread goodwill through their work around the world.

Hashtags like #NationalDonutDay and #NationalDoughnutDay can help you keep up with the latest news and deals about the festivities and other related posts on social media.

You can make donuts at home or pick up a donut box from the store to share with your near and dear ones. It is a way to get together with family and bring in a feeling of togetherness.

National Donut Day Observances

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of United States in 2023

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SundaySunJan 01, 2023Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 02, 2023Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
MondayMonJan 16, 2023Jan 16M L King Day
MondayMonFeb 20, 2023Feb 20Presidents' Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07Good Friday
SundaySunApr 09, 2023Apr 09Easter Sunday
MondayMonMay 29, 2023May 29Memorial Day
MondayMonJun 19, 2023Jun 19Juneteenth
TuesdayTueJul 04, 2023Jul 04Independence Day
MondayMonSep 04, 2023Sep 04Labor Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Columbus Day
SaturdaySatNov 11, 2023Nov 11Veterans Day
ThursdayThuNov 23, 2023Nov 23Thanksgiving Day
MondayMonDec 25, 2023Dec 25Christmas

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2023

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
ThursdayThuJan 12, 2023Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
ThursdayThuJan 19, 2023Jan 19National Popcorn Day
WednesdayWedFeb 01, 2023Feb 01National Signing Day
ThursdayThuFeb 02, 2023Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 03, 2023Feb 03National Wear Red Day
ThursdayThuFeb 09, 2023Feb 09National Pizza Day
MondayMonFeb 13, 2023Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 14, 2023Feb 14Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 15, 2023Feb 15National Bagel Day
SaturdaySatFeb 18, 2023Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
TuesdayTueFeb 21, 2023Feb 21National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 22, 2023Feb 22National Margarita Day
FridayFriMar 03, 2023Mar 03National Employee Appreciation Day
TuesdayTueMar 07, 2023Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 12, 2023Mar 12Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 13, 2023Mar 13National Napping Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Walkout Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Pi Day
MondayMonMar 20, 2023Mar 20National Proposal Day
ThursdayThuMar 23, 2023Mar 23National Puppy Day
ThursdayThuMar 30, 2023Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 05, 2023Apr 05National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 06, 2023Apr 06National Burrito Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07National Beer Day
TuesdayTueApr 11, 2023Apr 11National Pet Day
WednesdayWedApr 12, 2023Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 04, 2023May 04National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 14, 2023May 14Mother's Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 02, 2023Jun 02National Donut Day
ThursdayThuJun 08, 2023Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 18, 2023Jun 18Father's Day
WednesdayWedJun 21, 2023Jun 21National Selfie Day
ThursdayThuJun 22, 2023Jun 22National Kissing Day
ThursdayThuJul 13, 2023Jul 13National French Fry Day
FridayFriJul 14, 2023Jul 14National Nude Day
SundaySunJul 16, 2023Jul 16National Ice Cream Day
WednesdayWedJul 19, 2023Jul 19National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 23, 2023Jul 23Amazon Prime Day
MondayMonJul 24, 2023Jul 24National Tequila Day
SaturdaySatJul 29, 2023Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
TuesdayTueAug 01, 2023Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 06, 2023Aug 06National Sister Day
MondayMonSep 18, 2023Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
TuesdayTueOct 03, 2023Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Vodka Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Taco Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 21, 2023Oct 21Sweetest Day
SundaySunOct 29, 2023Oct 29National Cat Day
TuesdayTueOct 31, 2023Oct 31Halloween
FridayFriNov 03, 2023Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 24, 2023Nov 24Black Friday
MondayMonNov 27, 2023Nov 27Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 02, 2023Dec 02Candle Day
SaturdaySatDec 09, 2023Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 15, 2023Dec 15National Ugly Sweater day