Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky, but not this time. July 13 is National French Fry Day, and most restaurant chains across the country are celebrating with special discounts or free fries.
It's not clear how July 13 became National Fry Day, according to National Day Calendar, but based on Google search trends, it appears to have originated in 2011, when people suddenly started searching for "National French Fry Day."
No matter what the history of the holiday is, one thing is true: it celebrates a side dish Americans cannot get enough of.
Here are where you can find deals on Friday.
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At Applebee's, customers can enjoy the limited time All You Can Eat Riblets & Tenders plates for $12.99. The deal also includes bottomless classic fries and coleslaw. Customers can mix and match tenders with riblets each time they order.
The day has come. All You Can Eat Riblets and Tenders are officially back and it’s time to show everyone what you’ve been “training” for. pic.twitter.com/1Yls9wNQVJ— Applebee's (@Applebees) July 9, 2018
At BurgerFi, you can get a free regular fry with any purchase. You can also add a premium topping for an extra charge. To find the closest BurgerFi location near you, you can find a list here at BurgerFi.com.
Did someone say free fries? Oh, that was us. Celebrate #NationalFrenchFryDay with FREE Regular Fries - Friday, 7/13! *Offer Valid 7/13/18 only. Premium toppings are an additional charge. Cannot be combined with any other offer or special. No Substitutions. In-store orders only. pic.twitter.com/rGPKwMJWMQ— BURGERFI (@BURGERFI) July 11, 2018
At Carl's Jr., customers have to sign up to receive company emails and buy a $6 burger. Carl's Jr's sister chain Hardee's also offers free French fries after signing up and buying a 1/3 lb. Thickburger.
if you think i didn't scoop up that pulled pork with a french fry you don't really know me pic.twitter.com/sAmQbJYSYq— Hardee's (@Hardees) May 19, 2018
Even Dunkin' Donuts is getting in on the action. National French Fry Day provides the chain with the perfect way to promote their new donut fries made of croissant dough and topped with cinnamon sugar. The first 100 guests to 25 of their restaurants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will get free fries. You can find the full list of participating stores here.
McDonald's is using National Fry Day to ramp up use of their mobile app. All you have to do is place an order for $1 or more (plus tax) using the app and you get a free order of medium fries.
Wingstop, a chicken wings chain, is offering free fries after signing up for their eClub.
Checkers is also offering free fries if you sign up for their emails. Future emails include information on other deals and promotions.
In honor of #NationalFrenchFryDay on Friday, July 13th, we're giving away free fries for a year to one lucky winner on Friday, July 13th at 1PM EST! 🍟 To enter to win: . . . 1️⃣ Make sure you’re following us. 2️⃣ Tag three friends on this post. 3️⃣ Screenshot this post and add to your Instagram story. . . . . Entries must be submitted by July 13th at 12:59PM EST. Check the link in our bio for official rules.
PDQ is hosting a fun contest on National French Fry Day. One lucky winner gets free fries for a year. To enter, you just need to follow PDQ on Instagram, tag three friends on this post, then screenshot it and add it to your Instgram story.
According to WRAL, Penn Station East Coast Subs will give away a free small order of fries to anyone who buys a sub on Friday. All you have to do is mention the deal when ordering. The deal is not valid with their online offers.
You can get a free order of bottomless steak fries by buying one of five specific $6.99 burgers at Red Robin. This is a deal available every day at Red Robins.
*Only at participating locations. pic.twitter.com/SF3fTRvOkW— Red Robin (@redrobinburgers) July 11, 2018
Wayback Burgers will be ordering free bottomless fries with any burger or sandwich order. The chain is also offering half-price milkshakes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day in July. You can find a list of Wayback Burgers locations here.
"Yeah, it's (going to be a) Freaky Fryday!" 🎶July 11, 2018
Burger King is also hoping to get customers to use their mobile app to order. If you order two Original Chicken Sandwiches for $4.99, you get two small orders of fries for free.
Del Taco customers can get $1 off an order of Loaded Fries from Friday to July 20. You just need to print out the coupon available by clicking here.