June 7th marks National Donut Day and there are a ton of ways to celebrate.

The History of The Donut and National Donut Day

You can't properly celebrate National Donut Day without learning a little bit about the delicious fried treat.

According to Britannica, cultures from across the world have been enjoying fried dough for centuries. They believe that the earliest donuts date back to "prehistoric Native American settlements."

With that being said, Britannica writes "The history of the doughnut itself is generally traced to Dutch immigrants in 17th- and 18th-century New York, then New Netherland."

They prepared friend dough balls which they called "olie koeken or olykoeks"...translation: oil cakes. Theoe oil cakes are very similar to doughnuts but didn't have the circular, ring shape yet. I don't know about you, but doughnut sounds much better than oil cakes.

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National Donut Day began back in 1938 as a fundraising opportunity to honor the Donut Lassies. Donut Lassies handed out donuts to soldiers in World War One.

Get Your Donut Freebies on National Donut Day

National chains like Dunkin and Krispy Kreme dive in on the National Donut Day Celebration with a bunch of fun offers.

At Dunkin, you can get a free donut with the purchase of a drink. You'll get to pick from their "Classic donut" line, including glazed, chocolate frosted, and jelly donuts.

The freebie is a little more free at Krispy Kreme. They're giving out free donuts with no questions asked, meaning you don't have to buy anything...just walk into your neighborhood Krispy Kreme and get a free donut. Simple as that.

Celebrate National Donut Day in The Hudson Valley

Celebrate National Donut Day every single day in the Hudson Valley at these amazing local donut shops. Do you have a favorite? Did we miss a donut shop? Let us know and we'll add it to the list below:

9 Delicious Donut Shops To Visit in the Hudson Valley

Every day is National Donut Day at these 9 donut shops across the Hudson Valley!

We're not sure if we should add this to the list or not, you be the judge. Have you heard of a Donnoli? It's a donut filled with cannoli cream and different toppings. Big Vinny's in Beacon is a hidden gem that makes some of the most incredible Donnolis.

Holy 'Donnoli!' Donut, Cannoli Mashup Rolls into Beacon, NY

Donut + Cannoli = Masterpiece. Hudson Valley foodies will be flooding to Beacon for this sweet treat! 

Maybe donuts aren't your thing, but you still like the perfect mix of cakey goodness and frosting. Then you're probably a Black & White Cookie fan. Yes, they're called Black and White Cookies NOT Halfmoon.

I digress.

Anyway, here are some of the top bakeries that serve up amazing B&W Cookies:

18 Hudson Valley Bakeries With the BEST Black & White Cookies

From Kingston to Poughkeepsie, to Ellenville and Newburgh. We've got the B&W cookie map covered for you. Who's down for a Hudson Valley Black and White Cookie road-trip-taste-test?

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