7-Eleven’s Slurpee Day, Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day bring freebies to Tampa Bay

Don cow garb Tuesday for a free Chick-fil-A entree, or celebrate the unofficial birthday of 7-Eleven Thursday with a free Slurpee.
Published July 8

This is a good week for free drinks and dishes, if you don’t mind dressing up like a cow or you can withstand a brain freeze.

Tuesday welcomes the 15th annual Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day, where herds of customers decked out in cow garb will get a free entree until 7 p.m. And on Thursday, celebrate July 11 (or 7/11) with a free small Slurpee at local 7-Eleven stores between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The Chick-fil-A website says 1.95 million people participated in 2018, dressing up like the chain of fast-food restaurants’ “Eat Mor Chikin” mascot cows. You can don cow attire or cow accessories to receive the freebie. Learn more at chick-fil-a.com/cow-appreciation-day.

As for Free Slurpee Day, every summer thousands of 7-Elevens around the country observe the convenience store franchise’s unofficial birthday on July 11 by giving away cups of the frozen soft drink. The offer is limited to one small Slurpee per person.

7-Eleven first started selling Slurpees in 1965, but they were called Icees back then. By 1967, the name was changed to Slurpee, and the iconic treat has been a fixture at 7-Eleven ever since.

The franchise says that each year approximately 7.3 million gallons of Slurpees are consumed worldwide, enough to fill 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.