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How to score a free bagel on National Bagel Day

National Bagel Day is Friday, Jan. 15. Here's how to get a free or discounted breakfast.
O holey day!
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As a perfect foundation for all sorts of savory spreads and tasty toppings, bagels are a beloved breakfast food that certainly deserve their own national holiday.

Historically, National Bagel Day was celebrated on Feb. 9, which happens to be the same day as National Pizza Day. But thanks to an initiative by Thomas’ Breads a few years ago (yes, the English muffin people) bagels now have a day of their very own on Jan. 15.

Here are five national chains offering bagel deals and freebies this Friday.

Bagel Boss

At Long Island-based bagel chain Bagel Boss, there's a contest to win a dozen bagels a month for a year. Bagel lovers can enter by visiting the Bagel Boss website and entering. No purchase is necessary, and six winners will be announced on Jan. 16.

Bantam Bagels

These bite-sized filled takes on the classic bagel will be available at a discount of 20% off entire purchase Jan. 14 to 17, with code BAGEL20 at checkout.

Bruegger's Bagels

No such thing as a free breakfast? Not so on National Bagel Day, Jan. 15 throughout the end of January, when customers score a free bagel and cream cheese with any purchase when they order ahead through the brand's mobile app.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Why limit free bagels to just one day? Beginning on Jan. 15 through the end of the month, guests who order ahead using the company's mobile app will receive any egg sandwich of their choice for free with purchase.


Several Goldbelly bagel vendors have some deals going on right now, perfect for the bagel lover who wants to have their favorite New York-style bagel shipped to them anywhere in the nation. Deals include Ess-A-Bagel's New York Bagel Brunch, which includes 12 free additional bagels and Zucker's Bagels' Bagel Brunch Kit, which now includes six free additional bagels and free cookies.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

What is a bagel without cream cheese? To that end, in honor of National Bagel Day, Philadelphia is giving away 10,000 free tubs to cream cheese fans. To enter to win, visit this Ibotta link (which will be live on Jan. 15) and add the Philly deal to your “shopping list” to redeem, while supplies last.

Tim Hortons

Participating U.S. locations will offer a $1 bagel on Jan. 15 in honor of National Bagel Day. While there is no purchase necessary to receive this deal and bagel fans can load up on as many dollar bagels as they crave, the order must be placed on the Tim Hortons app or online.

Thomas' Bagels

While this isn't a deal that will lead to a free breakfast sandwich, it just may make a bagel fan's day better. Thomas’ Bagels is making a $100,000 donation to Operation Warm, a nonprofit that gifts brand-new winter coats to children in need.