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In 2023 National Pancake Day is happening on Feb. 28, and although we’re waiting for this to be as widespread as some of the other food holidays we love, we can always count on IHOP to celebrate with free pancakes.

We’ll tell you exactly how long the National Pancake Day promotion will last, how you can get your pancake freebies, what else they’ve got going on, and how to earn even more points with the IHOP Rewards program.

We’ve got even more ways to hack your way into getting free IHOP pancakes and even more ways to get free food. And if you’re into breakfast-related holidays, mark your calendars for National Waffle Day and National Bacon Day.

Here’s every IHOP National Pancake Day deal and tip you should know:


Get free pancakes from IHOP on Feb. 28, National Pancake Day.

national pancake day sign in ihop

From 12 glorious hours on Tuesday, Feb. 28 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — you can go into any IHOP and get a short stack (3-count) of pancakes for free, instead of paying the regular price of $7.99. Each person who comes in gets the deal, but you have to be dining in to get it (no pickup or delivery options).

Even though they’re giving these pancakes away for free, the whole event is designed to be a fundraiser for several different charities. Instead of paying for your pancakes, you can choose to donate to Children’s Miracle Network, Shriner’s, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. IHOP will be accepting donations all day on Feb. 28.


Receive double ‘PanCoins’ on IHOP National Pancake Day.

myhop free pancakes sign

In 2022 IHOP released the IHOP Rewards program, the “International Bank of Pancakes.” With every $5 you spend at IHOP, you’ll receive one PanCoin. Once you’ve earned three PanCoins, you can redeem them for another free short stack of pancakes.

On IHOP National Pancake Day, Feb. 28, you can receive double the amount of PanCoins. That means you’ll earn two PanCoins for every $5 spent. By spending $10 on National Pancake Day, you’ll get four PanCoins which you can redeem for another free short stack of IHOP pancakes during your next visit.



Don’t mark Feb. 28 on your calendars next year; National Pancake Day changes from year to year.

an ihop server with a tray of pancakes

National Pancake Day changes every year, but we can always expect it to either land on the last week of February or the first week of March. Here’s when we saw IHOP celebrate National Pancake Day in the past:

  • 2022: March 1
  • 2021: Feb. 16
  • 2020: Feb. 25
  • 2019: March 12
  • 2018: Feb. 17


Look out for all-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP in March.

ihop pancakes on table

One of the best deals at IHOP is all-you-can-eat pancakes. With this promotion, you’ll get an unlimited supply of short stack pancakes when you either purchase a specific menu item or pay a set price for the promotion.

This promotion generally runs in the first three months of the year, so we expect to hear news about this promotion in March 2023. Here’s when they ran the promotion in the past:

  • February 2018: All You Can Eat (AYCE) Pancakes for $3.99
  • January 2019: AYCE Pancakes with purchase of a breakfast combo for $9.29
  • January 2020: AYCE Pancakes with purchase of a 2 x 2 x 2 for $4.99
  • March 2020: AYCE Pancakes with purchase of a breakfast combo for $9.29
  • March 2021: AYCE Pancakes with purchase of a breakfast combo for $9.29
  • February 2022: AYCE Pancakes for $5.99



Grab Free Pancakes at IHOP on National Pancake Day