National Pretzel Day: How to get free pretzel at Auntie Anne's, Wetzel's Pretzels

Today is a special day for fans of a certain twisted snack.

National Pretzel Day, celebrated annually on April 26, has a bit more historical support than other made-up holidays. Back in 2003, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 as “National Pretzel Day” to recognize the pretzel's importance to the commonwealth, notes and Penn. news site Lancaster Online.

Pretzels date back to the 7th century and there's some conjecture the snack made it to America via the Mayflower, according to What is know is that German immigrants brought pretzels to Pennsylvania about 1710, the site says.

Why knot celebrate National Pretzel Day? Here's a roundup of freebies, specials and deals. Remember, check local businesses' social media for other specials, too.

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Want a free pretzel? National Pretzel Day 2024 deals and freebies

Auntie Anne's

If you belong to Auntie Anne's Rewards program, you get a free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel on Friday, April 26. (Limit one per person; must redeem in the Auntie Anne's Rewards App. Online and app order redemptions subject to service fee and sales taxes.)

Auntie Anne's is also launching an online merchandise store on Friday where you can buy mugs, tumblers, sweatshirts, a bucket hat, socks, a tote, belt bag and quilted pouch.

Bar Louie

Can't get your pretzel fix on Friday? Bar Louie has free bar bites – choices include Bavarian Pretzels, Chicken Nachos and Calamari – every day through June 30 with a purchase of $15 or more to celebrate its newly upgraded Bar Louie Rewards App. Download the app and the special deal will automatically reload daily in your app.

Ben's Soft Pretzels

Go to Ben's Soft Pretzels on Friday and make a donation to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and you will get a free Original Jumbo Pretzel. All proceeds made on Friday, April 26, will be donated to the organization, founded after Sept. 11, 2001, to help Gold Star and first responder families.

Eastern Standard Provisions

For National Pretzel Day Sale, the online pretzel delivery service has 30% off Friday on its website (use code NPD at check out). And you can get 50% off on the Signature Pretzel Lovers Pack ($24.99, usually $49.98), which includes eight Wheelhouse Signature Soft Pretzels, white cheddar cheese sauce, Classic Pretzel Salt, Red, White & Blue Sprinkles, and a pair of pretzel socks.

The Greene Turtle

The Greene Turtle has half-priced Bavarian Pretzel Sticks on Friday, April 26, for National Pretzel Day. The oven-baked shareable snack is served with your choice of Fat Tire Beer Cheese or Bavarian Mustard.

Philly Pretzel Factory

You can get one free pretzel or twist with no purchase necessary on Friday at any Philly Pretzel Factory store or Walmart locations (excluding transportation and entertainment venues). Get double points for any purchase on National Pretzel Day, too, when you use the mobile app.


Customers can get a free order of small Original Pretzel Bites (salted or unsalted) at participating Pretzelmaker locations on Friday for National Pretzel Day.

At participating Pretzelmaker locations on Friday, customers can get a free order of small Original Pretzel Bites (salted or unsalted) for National Pretzel Day.
At participating Pretzelmaker locations on Friday, customers can get a free order of small Original Pretzel Bites (salted or unsalted) for National Pretzel Day.

Snyder's of Hanover

Snyder's of Hanover, which makes a wide variety of pretzels including Nashville Hot Pretzel Pieces, is dropping a new limited-time flavor, Hot Honey Flavored Pretzel Pieces. The snack ($4.79), which began hitting stores last week, combines the popular flavor of "sweet honey and spicy chili heat with a salty pretzel base," the company says.

Wetzel's Pretzels

The Pasadena, California-headquartered chain, with 400 locations, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Friday for what it calls "National Wetzel Day," with a free pretzel giveaway and two sweepstakes. From 3 p.m. until closing time, Wetzel's will give away one free Original Pretzel per person at all participating locations.

You can also enter for a chance to have a Wetzel’s Pretzels Food Truck at your next birthday party or to be one of five winners who get free Wetzel's Pretzels for a year. Enter by downloading or being active in the Wetzel's app. You can also enter via email (see entry rules here).

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: National Pretzel Day 2024: Free pretzel at Auntie Anne's, more deals