The next time your overly-cheery coworker says, “Happy Monday!” you might actually have a reason to say it back.
McDonald’s is making sure you start your week off with a bang by giving away Egg McMuffins for breakfast on Monday. In honor of the iconic snack’s fast approaching 50th anniversary, the fast-food chain is also declaring Monday, March 2 National Egg McMuffin Day.
Beware that you can’t just walk into one of the fast food locations and demand a free sandwich. In order to qualify for the deal, you need to first download the burger chain’s mobile app and then redeem the offer between 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. local time on Monday.
The legendary breakfast item is made with one egg on a toasted English muffin and then topped with butter, Canadian bacon, and melted American cheese. The whole thing is 300 calories and usually sells for $3.49 per sandwich, though the price varies depending on location.
McDonald’s first introduced the Egg McMuffin in 1971 and quickly changed the breakfast game forever. It became the first quick-service restaurant breakfast sandwich after one owner and operator in Santa Barbara, California, Herb Peterson, tried to make eggs Benedict but accidentally ended up creating the legendary breakfast item instead. He’s also credited with creating the Teflon rings that give the eggs their perfectly round shape.
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Since the happy accident first occurred, McDonald’s has been serving its famous breakfast — which is now available all day (for the most part) — for nearly 50 years. This February, they even introduced two new chicken sandwiches to their breakfast menu for a limited time.
The fast-food chain started serving the Chicken McGriddle and McChicken Biscuit sandwiches to customers across the country on Feb. 1, and the new menu items both pair their classic crispy McChicken with either a warm biscuit or pancakes. Next Monday, get one of those.