For the first time in nearly 20 years, 7-Eleven won’t be celebrating Free Slurpee Day.

Since 2002, millions of thirsty customers have shown up to celebrate the convenience store chain’s birthday (7/11) by enjoying the icy drink for free.

But this July 11th, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, 7-Eleven is cancelling their busiest event of the year to promote social distancing.

But don’t worry; while Free Slurpee Day isn’t happening this year, it’s actually not a bad thing. Here’s why:

 

7Rewards members will be able to get a free Slurpee anytime in July.

The 7-Eleven loyalty program, 7Rewards, is giving members a coupon for a free medium Slurpee to be used anytime during the month of July — even on 7/11 if you’re a purist. The coupon will appear in the My Rewards section of the 7Rewards app.

If you haven’t signed up, it’s free to join, and you’ll be able to get more free Slurpees by earning points from 7-Eleven purchases.

 

You only got a small free Slurpee in the past — this freebie’s a medium.

At 22 oz, that’s almost twice the Slurpee of last year’s freebie — a small (12 oz) — and it’s around a $1.39 value.

 

 

You’re able to avoid crowds, and even get the free Slurpee delivered.

Spreading out the free Slurpee means no crowds and enough quantities. Instead of being one of 9 million people cramming into 7-Eleven stores on Free Slurpee Day — with the possibility of stores running out of inventory — the month-long promotion will spread out those crowds and the demand.

And 7-Eleven told us that if you have signed up for 7NOW, you could even get your free Slurpee delivered (fees of $3.99 – $5.98 apply).

 

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