Monday marks the first day of spring, and in Jacksonville two frozen sweet treat shops are giving away freebies to celebrate.
Dairy Queen is offering free ice cream cones on the first day of spring.
Those who visit participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations will receive a free small vanilla soft-serve cone.
Participating locations will also collect donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year, Dairy Queen raised more than $200,000 in one day for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
And Rita’s Italian Ice will give away free Italian ice at their Northeast Florida locations at 13529 Beach Blvd., 393 3rd St. N. in Jacksonville Beach, and at 380 A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine.
The company anticipates handing out more than 500,000 pounds of Italian ice at their 600-plus locations across the country during the annual celebration.