National Donut Day - June 3
Fri, Jun 7, 2024

National Donut Day

National Donut Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to donuts. This delicious confection has become an iconic treat in U.S. culture. Put away any thoughts of dieting on this day to enjoy the unsurpassed taste of donuts! The holiday falls every first Friday in June.


The history of National Donut Day is commonly associated with the Salvation Army, which worked hard to support soldiers during WWI. Delicious food was one of the best ways to boost spirits in the army and help cope with hardship. Thus, doughnuts began to be baked for the troops, which were appreciated and quickly became popular.

The holiday was officially created in 1938 to thank all the Salvation Army volunteers who supplied food to soldiers and to memorialize them in history.

As for the doughnuts themselves, most researchers are inclined to the version that they first appeared in modern-day New York and were made by colonists who arrived from Holland.

Interesting facts

  • The first doughnuts were called “olykoek” (Dutch). Literally it can be translated as “buttercake.
  • The current name “donut” is derived from the words “dough” and “nuts” and refers to the nutty donuts that were made by E. Gregory in the 19th century.
  • Doughnuts in American culture are considered a favorite food of police officers.

How to celebrate

Visit catering establishments to enjoy the best doughnuts. Prepare these products yourself. You can easily find all the recipes on the Internet.

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users what kinds of doughnuts they like best? Do they know how to make them?

When is National Donut Day celebrated in 2024?

National Doughnut Day is devoted to celebrating cheerfulness and fun. It is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday June 7 2024
Friday June 6 2025