While it may seem hard to believe, spring is just around the corner. Even though in many parts of the country snow is still on the ground! We’re more ready than ever to jump into a new season, one hopefully full of sunshine and ice cream.

In honor of the vernal equinox, some of our favorite fast food chains are here to help out with the last part. They might not have control over the weather, but at least they can provide dessert! Here’s where we’ll be on March 20th, the first day of spring.

Dairy Queen is giving out free vanilla soft serve cones. It’s part of the chain’s fourth annual Free Cone Day. Cone’s are limited to one per customer and only available while supplies last. Even though these treats won’t cost you a cent, you’ll probably want to bring along some cash anyway. DQ will be collecting donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. According to a news release, they’ve raised over 130 million dollars for the organization over the past 33 years and hope to keep the partnership going strong.

If you’re craving  something a little slushier to chase away your winter blues, head to Rita’s Italian Ice. Continuing tradition that’s lasted over twenty years, the chain is giving out free Italian Ices. Just arrive between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. Last year they gave out over a million cups in nine hours!

To make matters sweeter, this year you could win a trip to Miami and free Rita’s for a year! That awesome prize will go to the person who can come up with the best excuse to escape everyday life and play hooky on the first day of spring (you know, so you can wait in line at Rita’s instead). More details are available on their Facebook page.

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Jessica is an Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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