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posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019

National Donut Day_Salvation ArmyThis Friday, June 7th, is one of the most delicious holidays of the year: National Donut Day! To gear yourself up for the day, look no further than the two choice bakeries of Waterloo. Each is bringing their A-game for the frosted and filled celebration by selling their signature sweet treats and coming together for a good cause. All day Friday, Rockets Bakery and Icon Donuts & Sweetery, will have a special red Salvation Army themed donut and a donation bucket for the local Salvation Army. 

National Donut Day_RocketsRockets Bakery's National Donut Day Red Kettle Donut

Located in downtown Waterloo, on the corner of 4th and Mulberry Streets, Rockets Bakery’s is bringing back their famous Red Kettle donut for this year's National Donut Day. Their selection of donuts and other pastries is always out of this world! They pride themselves on making everything fresh, from scratch, every single day.

This Friday, June 6, they will be doing more than just bring back the Red Kettle donut - the day will also be filled with in-store giveaways of shirts, coffee mugs, gift cards and more! My Waterloo Days is also this weekend and Rockets will be debuting another special donut this Friday for the city’s annual celebration. Stop in to see what kind of groovy flavor it will be!

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Icon Donuts  & Sweetery's Salvation Army donut and iconic glazed donut

Across town, on Ridgeway Avenue, Icon Donuts & Sweetery will be celebrating as well. Known for their homemade, ‘iconic’ donuts, they also offer a daily vegan donut flavor and many other sweet treats! Icon Donuts will also debut a Salvation Army Donut with 100% of the profits from each one going to the local Salvation Army. On top of that, if you are active duty or retired military personnel, stop in on Friday, show your military ID, and get a free glazed donut!

Did you know?

National Donut Day was actually started because of The Salvation Army, which is why they take their role of spreading chocolate frosting and sprinkles across the world, so seriously! The very first National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago in 1938 to honor the work of the Salvation Army Donut Lassies.

The Lassies were volunteers who made and delivered donuts to soldiers on the front lines of World War I, and the tradition of eating this delicious breakfast dessert stuck. The Salvation Army is proud to #partnerforgood with both Rockets Bakery and Icon Donuts and Sweetery for this year’s National Donut Day, so be sure to drop into either bakery and try one of their scrumptious confections #forgood, for yourself!

For a complete list of dining options, visit the Eat section of our website. To see what else there is to do while you visit the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area, check out our online calendar, CedarValley365.


- Micah McCutchan, Experience Waterloo
- Photo Credit: The Salvation Army, Rockets Bakery, and Icon Donuts & Sweetery

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