National French Fry Day 2023: Free food & deals at McDonald's, Burger King & other chains

Crispy, golden, delicious and free! Well, at least for a few days this week.

National French Fry Day is upon us, and the best part is that some major food chains are offering deals throughout the week.

Here's why:

When is National French Fry Day each year?

For years, National French Fry Day had been observed on July 13. But last year, the arbiter of "fun, unusual, and unique" national days, the National Day Calendar, agreed National French Fry Day should fall on the second Friday in July, after fast-food chains Checkers and Rallys gathered online petition signatures for the change.

So going forward, the day will always fall on a Fry-day (get it?). "I, in good conscience, cannot ignore the voice of the people, who simply want to 'fry-ght' a wrong that's been in place for far too long," National Day Calendar founder Marlo Anderson said at the time. "National Fry Day, you are and will forevermore be on a Friday."

That means this year, National French Fry Day falls on Friday, July 14. But not all french fry purveyors have bought into the change. Some, including McDonald's are offering deals on Thursday, July 13.

Here's a look at who's providing free fries and other deals:


Get free French fries from McDonald's on July 13, Thursday, National Fry Day by downloading the McDonald's app and ordering them via the app.

McDonald’s is giving away free fries of any size on Thursday through the McDonald’s App, with no purchase necessary at participating locations.

By the way, when you join MyMcDonald’s Rewards in the app, you also get a free large order of fries with $1 minimum purchase.

Burger King

Shaquille O'Neal teamed up with Burger King in 2002. He was the face of the first-ever celebrity endorsed meal: a sourdough bacon cheeseburger, fries with cheese dipping sauce, and a fountain drink.

In honor of National French Fry Day, members of Burger King's Royal Perks loyalty program can get a free order of fries of any size — small, medium or large — with any purchase via the app or More reasons to join the Royal Perks program:

More free fries. Royal Perks members also get one free order of fries each week through the end of the year, with a purchase (at participating locations; not valid on delivery orders).Cash prizes. Burger King is letting Royal Perks members who have made a purchase within the last seven days exchange 50 "crowns," or points, in the app for a chance to win a daily prize of $3,000 the chain is giving out daily through September 1 (maximum three entries per day). Details on how Royal Perks members can enter for free can be found in the official rules.

Each day members participate, they get one badge representing one of the nine Whopper ingredients. Collect all nine badges and get 750 crowns, which is equivalent to a free Whopper sandwich.


Wendy's is upgrading its French fries.

From Thursday to Sunday, Wendy's is giving customers a free order of fries, any size, with any purchase made using the Wendy's app (one order per person). You can even redeem the deal for an order of free seasoned potatoes — Wendy's breakfast fries. Just apply the offer to your mobile order or scan in-restaurant or at the drive-thru.

Another deal from Wendy's — also available Thursday to Sunday — celebrates Fry Day and National Ice Cream Day (Sunday, July 16): you get a free small Frosty when you purchase a small order of fries through Grubhub.

Also, when you create a new Wendy's Rewards account in the app, you also get a free 10-piece Nuggs deal with any purchase, plus 150 rewards points.

Checkers & Rally's

Checkers and Rally's, will give all rewards app members a free XL order of Famous Seasoned Fries Friday through Sunday. You can get the app online in the App Store and Google Play)From July 24 to Aug. 6, you can also get an order of fries, any size, for just $1 at participating locations and in the Checkers & Rally's rewards app.

Charleys Philly Steaks

Rewards app members can get free fries with any cheesesteak purchase Wednesday. The deal is available for in-store orders and online at participating locations, including for customers ordering a pickup and delivery order through the chain’s website.

Other deals

Heinz and UberEats on Thursday are giving customers $5.70 off on orders that include French fries at participating restaurants nationwide. You can find a participating restaurant in an email UberEats is sending to users or look at your favorite restaurants’ pages to see if they are participating. Fill your cart with your items including an order of fries. When you place your order, you will automatically get $5.70 off the total to cover cost of the fries.

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