Updated Jul 13, 2022 - Economy & Business

Where to get free fries Wednesday for French Fry Day

McDonald's fries
July 13 is National French Fry Day 2022. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Wednesday brings fried freebies for National French Fry Day to McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and more in a week already filled with Prime Day deals and free Subway sandwiches.

Driving the news: July 13 is the made-up holiday of the potato side, but this is the last Fry Day that won’t be held on an actual “Friday” after Checkers and Rally’s pushed to move the day.

Fry Day moving to Friday in 2023

Fast-food chains Checkers and Rally’s on June 30 launched the “Fry Day to Friday” petition to ask National Day Calendar "to permanently change the date of the fry-tastic holiday to the second Friday of July starting next year."

  • National Calendar Day, which curates national days and months, said Wednesday that it is moving the potato holiday to the second Friday in July 2023.

What they’re saying: “It’s humbling to see our country unite for a common goal they feel so passionate about, but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised after all, for the love of the fry is strong,” Marlo Anderson, founder of the National Day Calendar, said in a statement.

  • “Americans rallying together for this cause only reinforces that amazing things can happen when we work towards a common goal,” Frances Allen, president and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., said in a statement.

The big picture: Fast-food giants are using free fries to build bigger customer databases and drive digital sales, Hope King writes for Axios Closer.

What’s next: National Mac & Cheese Day is Thursday and Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.

Free fries for National Fry Day

The following deals are offered at participating locations nationwide Wednesday, while supplies last.

  • Most offers require being signed up for a loyalty program or ordering with an app.
  • To be on the safe side, check with your closest location to see if they are participating.
McDonald's free fries for Fry Day

McDonald's is giving away free large fries through its mobile app Wednesday and no purchase is necessary.

  • On Fridays, McDonald's regularly has an app offer for free medium fries with a $1 or more purchase.

Meanwhile, the fast-food giant also has deals through July 31 for its “Camp McDonald’s,” which includes menu hacks, limited merchandise and music performances.

Burger King Fry Day: Free chicken fries

Burger King Royal Perks members can get free fries daily as part of the “frequent fry’er club” and on Wednesday the chain is offering free Chicken Fries with a $3 purchase.

  • The offer is available on the chain's app, website and at participating restaurants.
Wendy’s Fry Day free fries

Wendy’s Fry Day deals last through Friday and require a mobile order purchase.

  • On Wednesday, get any size fry free with any mobile order purchase.
  • Thursday’s deal is free small seasoned potatoes with any breakfast mobile purchase.
  • And on Friday, get a medium fry with any size fry mobile order purchase.
Checkers and Rally's free fries through Friday

Checkers and Rally's are giving a digital coupon for a free medium order of seasoned fries for signing the "Fry Day To Friday" petition.

  • The coupon is redeemable through Friday, July 15.
Sonic National Fry Day freebie

Sonic Drive-In is giving away free tots and fries, courtesy of Heinz, Wednesday with any in-app purchase.

  • Choose medium tots or fries with the app order.
  • Limit one redemption per app user.
Hardee’s National French Fry Day offer

Hardee’s My Rewards members who make an in-app purchase Wednesday that includes fries (a la carte or as part of a combo), will receive free fries for the rest of the year.

Details: Eligible users will receive a free small fry order with a purchase mobile offer in their My Rewards account that can be redeemed one time per day July 14 through Dec. 31.

Del Taco Fry Day $1 deal

Del Taco is celebrating Fry Day through Tuesday, July 19 with its Crinkle Cut Fries (small and medium) for $1 with any purchase.

  • Del Yeah! Rewards registration is required to access the deal, which is available only on orders placed through the chain’s app or website.
Jack in the Box Fry Day deal

Get two medium fries for $2 Wednesday with an offer in the Jack in the Box app at participating locations.

  • Limit one per order.
Charleys Philly Steaks free fries

Charleys Rewards app members can get free fries with any cheesesteak purchase Wednesday.

Details: The deal is available for in-store orders and online at participating locations, including for customers ordering a pickup and delivery order through the chain’s website.

DoorDash Fry Day discount

DoorDash is offering $5.70 off orders $15 or more with fries included at participating restaurants nationwide Wednesday.

  • DoorDash said it teamed up with Heinz to offer the deal.
National Mac & Cheese Day deals at KFC, Noodles & Company

KFC is bringing back its Mac & Cheese Bowls to restaurants nationwide starting July 18 but is offering early access on the chain’s app and website.

Noodles & Company is offering Noodles Rewards members a free small bowl of Wisconsin Mac & Cheese Thursday with the purchase of a regular entrée.

  • Also, anyone who orders Mac & Cheese Thursday will get a free side of cheese sauce, the chain told Axios.

Editor's note: This story was updated to include information about Fry Day moving to Friday in 2023, additional deals and Mac & Cheese Day offers.

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