National Doughnut Day
National Doughnut, or Donut Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in June. This day honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.
This tradition of serving donuts to the soldiers started In 1917 when Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. She and her fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, first made the donuts by hand, but evenutally started using a wine bottle as a rolling pin.
Then the women cooked the doughnuts in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”
How to Observe National Doughnut Day
- Eat a Donut
- Twitter: Use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.
- Facebook: Check out Krispy Kremes
- Click here to see where to get FREE DONUTS TODAY
- Have your employees wear a #NationalDoughnutsDay Button!
- Learn more about what the soldiers and nurses went through and why doughnuts became a tradition for them here.
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Future Dates for National Doughnut Day
June 2, 2017
June 1, 2018
June 7, 2019
June 5, 2020
June 4, 2021
June 3, 2022
June 2, 2023