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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, there are plenty of local options to enjoy with your best French fries on National French Fry Day on July 12.

According to Aaron Smith, DeLoach Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, Americans eat about 50 kilograms of potatoes each year. An estimated 18 kilograms of that are French fries.

While these numbers are visually remarkable, Smith stated in his 2023 publication that potato consumption has declined by 15% over the past 20 years, citing in particular the consumption of fresh potatoes versus frozen or pre-prepared potatoes.

Despite these declining numbers, restaurants locally and across the country are taking the opportunity to offer their own fried spuds on Friday, National French Fry Day.

Where can I get free fries?

Penn Station is offering a free serving of fresh-cut French fries on Friday when the promo code “FRYDAY” is used in stores and online, according to a press release.

The Tap in West Lafayette is offering guests a free serving of French fries to redeem at a later date when they shop through the restaurant’s app on Friday.

Customers who download the Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers mobile app on July 12 will receive a free order of regular fries with any purchase from July 13-14.

Raising Canes offers free fries to Caniac Club members when using the app in-store or online.

Wendy’s is offering customers who use the Wendy’s app a free serving of French fries every Friday with the purchase of any other menu item through the end of the year.

McDonald’s has set up a promotion called “Free Fry Fridays” for users of the McDonald’s app, where you can redeem the weekly Friday promotion for a free medium portion of French fries with any purchase over $1.

Which French fries do you like best? Vote by Friday lunchtime and we’ll get back to you.

Jillian Ellison is a reporter for the Journal and Courier. Email her at [email protected]. Follow her on X at @ellison_writes.