Every summer, thousands of 7-Eleven stores around the country celebrate the franchise's unofficial birthday on July 11 (7-11) by hosting 7/11 Day, otherwise known as Free Slurpee Day. It's a time where the whole family can visit their local convenience store and enjoy the sweet taste of another summer.
7/11 Day 2020
In 2020, July 11 falls on a Saturday, so consider kicking off your weekend with a visit to 7-Eleven for their annual 7/11 Day.
Customers can stop into their local 7-Eleven between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. local time to receive a small Slurpee for free.
The free offer is limited to one small Slurpee per person, so you can bring your entire family and everyone can get one. Because it is limited to small Slurpees, you cannot bring your own cup. While it's not likely that a 7-Eleven store would run out of Slurpees, you might not want to wait until 11 p.m. just to be sure.
This year you can get a second free Slurpee from 7-Eleven! You'll need to first join 7-Rewards and then download their free app. Scan your rewards account in the app when you get your free Slurpee and you'll get a coupon good for another one! This coupon is even better, you'll get to choose any size you want. The coupon will be available the day after 7-11 Day and it will be good for the next 30 days.
Each year, 7-Eleven features a new flavor for Free Slurpee Day and for 2019 that flavor is Blueberry Lemonade. You don't have to get this flavor for your free drink, but it will be an option for you if you'd like to.
Free Slurpee Day began in 2002, according to a 2014 story in USA Today. The convenience store franchise first started selling Slurpees in 1965, but they were called Icees then. By 1967, the name was changed to Slurpee, and the frozen soft drink has been a fixture at 7-Eleven ever since.
The first 7-Eleven opened in 1927, but the convenience store chain did not take on its now iconic name until 1946 when hours of operation were expanded to 7 a.m.–11 p.m. The franchise grew to 1,000 stores by 1963, and some stores by then were open 24 hours. As of 2018, 7-Eleven has more than 60,000 stores worldwide.
Multiple flavors of Slurpees have been marketed over the years, though Coca-Cola and wild cherry are been longtime standards. Customers can check out promotions and new flavors on 7-Eleven's website. In 2015, a blogger attempted to compile a list of all the Slurpee flavors 7-Eleven has offered over the decades, and he found more than 300 different options. He does acknowledge that some may be the same flavors, just marketed under different names at different times.
A quick online search will produce multiple lists of best and worst Slurpee flavors. Web searches also will result in endless lists of ideas for Slurpee combinations. For example, try mixing pina colada and wild cherry—or just about any two or three flavors that might work well together. Free Slurpee Day is the perfect opportunity to test out a new flavor combo.
Other Freebies at 7-Eleven
While Free Slurpee Day happens only once per year, 7-Eleven sometimes has free food offers with the use of their app—and they often will have more of these offers the week surrounding Free Slurpee Day.
Many 7-Elevens have Redbox kiosks and you can use a code to get a free DVD, Blu-ray, or game rental.
Other Opportunities for Free Food and Drinks
Free Slurpee Day is just one promotion among many that offer free food or drinks at stores and restaurants. Some other promotions worth checking out include free Chick-fil-A food on Cow Appreciation Day, free donuts on National Donut Day, free coffee on National Coffee Day, IHOP's Free Pancake Day, Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's, free food for veterans on Veterans Day, Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen, and Free Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs.