Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven on July 11, celebrating the store’s 85th birthday

By on Jul 12, 2012 in Events, Food, Lifestyle, United States Comments

A so-called ‘Free Slurpee Day‘ is happening this Wednesday, July 11, 2012 (US time) at participating 7-Eleven stores in North America, as part of their celebration of 85 years in the business, where a free 7.11 oz. Slurpee drink will be given to all its customers for a limited time, while supplies last.

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“Happy 7-Eleven Day! Get a free 7.11oz Slurpee drink from 11am to 7pm. Best Wednesday ever!” 7-Eleven (@7eleven) tweeted about an hour ago, along with a link to their official website about their promo courtesy of Slurpee marketing partner Six Flags.

As noted at 7-Eleven.com, Six Flags will offer a special admission price of $7.11 to customers after 7:11 pm on 7-Eleven Day when they present a receipt from a 7-Eleven purchase dated July 11, 2012, where there will be a special “7-Eleven Coasters After Dark” event at the amusement parks.

Incidentally, the Free Slurpee Day, which applies to any flavor from over 70 varieties, also marks the 45th birthday of Slurpee, 7-Eleven‘s iconic frozen drink, which apparently came out by accident, when a soda fountain machine at a drive-in hamburger restaurant got broken.

As 7-Eleven explains, proprietor Omar Knedlik then began serving his customers icy-cold bottled soft drinks that he kept chilled in a deep freeze and customers clamored for the slushy semi-frozen bottled drinks. Knedlik and his partner Dean Sperry hit upon the idea of creating them in 1959.

Back in 1965, 7-Eleven, which was founded by Joe C. Thompson and started in 1927 in Dallas, bought three machines that would re-create the slushy drink and did a product test, which became a big hit and was later called Slurpee.

7-Eleven, which got its name not from July 11 but for its initial store hours (from 7 am to 11 pm) started to use the 7-Eleven name in 1946, and has now approximately 9,300 stores in North America and more than 46,800 stores in 16 countries worldwide including Philippines.



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Image Credit: 7-Eleven.com


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