HAPPY FREE SLURPEE DAY!!! Today is July 11th or 7/11/2018, the joyous day that 7-Eleven gives away free Slurpees! 7-Eleven expects to give away approximately 9 million free Slurpees across the nation at their 12,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Here’s how and when you can get your hands on an ice-cold sugary treat.
Today, Wednesday, simply walk to your local 7-Eleven location between the hours of 11 am to 7 pm local time and get your free Slurpee. You are entitled to one small Slurpee for free. This is not to be confused with 7-Eleven’s “Bring Your Own Cup Day” that goes down on 4/11. 7-Eleven started Free Slurpee Day back in 2002 and expects to give away 500,000 gallons of Slurpees on this wonderful day.
ProTip for Free Slurpee Day.
This year’s featured flavor is “Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries,” which I’m not exactly sure how cereal translates to a frozen drink and is probably just some savvy cross-promotion. Later this week, 7-Eleven will give a free Big Gulp drink with the purchase of a Snickers candy bar.
The history of the Slurpee does not actually start with 7-Eleven. The first frozen soda drink was actually invented by Omar Knedlik and not concocted by 7-Eleven. Knedlik, who owned a Dairy Queen in Kansas in the 1950s, used parts from an automobile air conditioner to build a rudimentary frozen beverage machine. He served the slushy drink to his customers and they loved it. This frozen drink later became known as the ICEE, which became its own company in 1958. In 1965, 7-Eleven licensed the ICEE machine technology from Knedlik.
My apologies to any Australians who read this and thought they could get free Slurpees today. Australians have to wait until November 7, written as 7/11 down under. Here’s to brain freeze and weirdly colored tongues all day.