National Donut Day Today: Score Free Deals

(Photo: Reuters/ Toshiyuki Aizawa)A tray of fresh doughnuts at a Tokyo Krispy Kreme shop in 2006 file photo.

National Donut Day arrived on Friday, June 6 and people across the U.S. are celebrating.

The annual celebration which takes place on the first Friday in June began over 75 years ago as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Then, a few years later, the Salvation Army teamed up with Entenmann's Baked Goods Company, and National Donut Day picked it up as well.

Although the special fried sweet dough is spelled both doughnut and donut, there is no confusion over its popularity. The sweet breakfast treat can come in an array of flavors, iced, filled and often arrives topped with sprinkles or other toppings. Donut types are also divided into cake and various risen type donuts, and include shapes such as rings, balls, flattened spheres, twists and many others.

In honor of the annual holiday, hundreds of bakeries including Entenmanns are doling out free or discounted donuts. The longstanding company is offering customers a free donut and coffee from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their truck and tent in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, and you can enter to win free donuts for a year on their website.

Also among the National Donut Day revelers are chain restaurants with locations around the globe, such as Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. At Krispy Kreme, pick up one free donut of your choice all day while supplies last. The original glazed doughnut remains the favorite at Krispy Kreme, but the famed donut makers just added a brownie batter and birthday cake batter donuts.

At Dunkin, get a donut of your choice with any drink purchase all day. The fast food restaurant recently added a blueberry cobbler-flavored donut featuring an iced, coffee cake topping and blueberry filling. Moreover, Tim Hortons is offering anyone who says "Happy National Donut Day" a free donut on Friday, and Cumberland Farms will also give out a free doughnut with a purchase of any Chill Zone beverage or an iced or hot coffee.

On Friday, thousands of Twitter users shared their own celebrations of National Donut Day with the holiday becoming a trending topic on the social media site.