Updated for IHOP Free Pancake Day 2021
Every year IHOP gives away free pancakes around National Pancake Day to celebrate the day. The pancakes are completely free with no purchase required, although a donation to Children's Miracle Network is encouraged.
It's expected that a record-breaking amount of five million pancakes will be served in IHOPs around the country on this single day.
All IHOPS in the United States will be participating as well as IHOP restaurants in Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Date and Time of IHOP Free Pancake Day 2021
This year the date of IHOP's free pancake day, called IHOP National Pancake Day, has not been released yet. It was on Tuesday, February 25th in 2020, March 12th in 2019, and February 27th in 2018.
Guests will be able to get their free pancakes between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. However, some IHOPs have extended hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the free pancakes promotion. Call your local IHOP location to find out if they're offering extended hours.
Amount of IHOP Free Pancakes You'll Get
When you visit your local IHOP for National Pancake Day at IHOP, you'll get a free short stack (3) of their famous buttermilk pancakes.
Making a Donation for the IHOP Pancakes
Although not required, you will be asked to give a donation to the Children's Miracle Network in any amount you'd like in exchange for your pancakes. This money goes to local hospitals in your area and provides life-saving medical treatments and procedures for children in need.
Their 2018 goal is to reach $5 million in donations, and all donations for the pancakes will go straight to the charity.
Some of the restaurants will also be inviting guests to make a donation to get a wall icon of the Children's Miracle balloon to publicly pledge support to Children's Miracle Networks. Some of the restaurants will be giving a discount coupon to be used on future business with the purchase of a wall icon.
Restrictions for IHOP's National Pancake Day
The offer of the free pancakes is limited to one short stack per person and you must dine in to get the deal.
Past IHOP National Pancake Days
The annual IHOP National Pancake Days have been going on for 13 years with more than $30 million being donated to organizations like Children's Miracle Network, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Getting More Free Food at IHOP
You can join the Pancake Revolution reward program and get a free full stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity pancakes for joining, a free birthday meal, and some free food on your anniversary of being a member.
Celebrate With More Free Food
National Pancake Day isn't the only day you can get free food at your local restaurants. There are a ton of free food days including free ice cream days at Ben & Jerry's, Dairy Queen, and Haagen-Dazs.