Each year, approximately 7,290,000 gallons of Slurpee are consumed worldwide. For comparison, that’s enough sugary substance to fill TWELVE Olympic-size swimming pools. If that alone isn’t enough to convince you of the world’s unanimous love for Slurpees — well, we aren’t quite sure what will. What we do know is that National Free Slurpee Day falls on July 11 each year and gives humanity a reason to unite for the greater good: free, ice-cold Slurpees. The Slurpee, an exceptionally sweet, slushee-type beverage sold and marketed by 7-Eleven, was invented on accident back in the late 1950’s and originally bore the name ICEE. It later became the well-known drink that we love and adore, and in 2002, the very first National Free Slurpee Day was celebrated in correlation with 7-Eleven’s 75th birthday. The long-standing tradition allows one to stop by a participating 7-Eleven on July 11, between the hours of 11am and 7pm, and receive a free, 12 oz Slurpee (while supplies last — so get there early). Join us while we ode to the greatest summer drink of all time!
National Free Slurpee Day - Key Moments
7-Eleven starts celebrating its birthday with 7-Eleven Day, which quickly morphs into National Free Slurpee Day!
7-Eleven licneses Knedlik's ICEE machine and renames its frozen drink the Slurpee (name coined by Bob Stanford, 7-Eleven's ad agency director)
The ICEE Is Born
Omar Knedlik accidentally invents a frozen, slushy drink and calls it the ICEE
How to Celebrate National Free Slurpee Day
1. Make it a goal to score as many free Slurpees as you can throughout the day
Albeit the rules specifically state you are only allotted one free Slurpee per store on this holiday, no one said anything about how many stores you’re allowed to visit. Why stop at one? Cheat the system (you didn’t hear that from us) and hit up every 7-Eleven in town to capitalize on this glorious opportunity. Trust us, the brain freeze will be well worth it.
2. Try a new, exciting flavor or combine flavors to make your own
It’s not always easy to veer away from the norm, but today is a special occasion. Instead of the boring, old Cherry Soda you always get, opt for a more adventurous flavor like Cactus Cooler. You could even create your own pairing by merging the two together.
3. Surprise someone you love with a free Slurpee
Sharing is caring, and what better way to let someone know you care than by treating him or her to an unanticipated Slurpee? Whether you show up at their workplace, home, or bedroom window (although that’s probably not a good idea), they’ll be sure to appreciate the gesture. Giving up your free Slurpee in the name of love is the ultimate act of selflessness.
Why We Love National Free Slurpee Day
A. It is the ultimate summer refreshment
Beat the summer heat with an ice-cold Slurpee! These delectable treats make for a perfect pick-me-up on a scorching hot mid-July afternoon. Wake up, head to the nearest 7-Eleven to grab a Slurpee in your preferred flavor, continue on with the rest of your day, sleep, and repeat. The good news is that they are fairly inexpensive, so it’ll be easy to continue feeding your Slurpee obsession long after National Free Slurpee Day has passed.
B. There are scores of delicious flavors
Since the inauguration of this thirst-quenching beverage, over 300 diverse flavors of the Slurpee have been debuted, from classics such as Pina Colada to more quirky offerings like Candy Cane. Each year, 7-Eleven introduces a new grouping of flavors for loyal Slurpee enthusiasts to try, while making sure they keep traditional flavors, like Wild Cherry and Coca-Cola, on board. For the ultimate Slurpee experience, pair your drink with one of 7-Eleven’s newest concoctions: the Wild Cherry Slurpee Doughnut.
C. They bring all of us closer together
We may not be on the verge of world peace (yet), but if there’s one thing we can collectively agree on, it’s that Slurpees are wonderfully delicious. Gather up a group of friends, family, colleagues, or whoever — because a Slurpee is best enjoyed in the company of others.