Tasty Donuts will be offering free doughnuts to the first 500 customers on National Donut Day. (Photo: Staff)

Local businesses and The Salvation Army will be celebrating the 81st annual National Donut Day on Friday.

National Donut Day is always observed on the first Friday in June and makes for a great excuse to enjoy the classic sweet treat.

Local doughnut deals
Many other local eateries will be offering special deals Friday.

Every customer at Dunkin Donuts will get a free classic doughnut with the purchase of any beverage.

Krispy Kreme will be offering one free doughnut of your choice. No purchase is necessary, and the limit is one per customer.

For a limited time only, Papa Johns will be introducing their new doughnut holes for the holiday. Order any pizza online and you can get an order of doughnut holes for free.

Tasty Donuts will also be giving away free glazed doughnuts to the first 500 customers who come into the store on Friday. The 1414 Jenkins Road business is also offering $3 off of any mixed dozen all day long.

Tasty is also working with The Salvation Army to celebrate. More information about that below.

History
The first National Donut Day was in 1938.

It was established to honor “Donut Lassies” the female Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts for servicemen during World War I.

These women made history by introducing doughnuts to the United States when the servicemen returned home from war and gaining the tasty treat popularity.

The Salvation Army continues to serve doughnuts to those in need during times of disaster, according to a news release.

On Friday, The Chattanooga Salvation Army will be delivering doughnuts donated by Tasty Donuts to local fire, police, city officials and armed forces units as a way to say, thank you for their service.

Donut deliveries will begin at 10 a.m. from The Salvation Army at 822 McCallie Ave.

Savannah Bennett is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC where she is a feature writer of the student newspaper, The University Echo. She is a double major in communications and English: creative writing. Savannah was also a participant in the Disney College Program during the fall of 2017.