First day of spring means free Rita's water ice!

First day of spring means free Rita's water ice!

And to celebrate, various chains are giving out freebies - including free ice cream - to celebrate the first day of spring, which falls on Tuesday, March 20. SCREAM it from the rooftops! Just show up at a participating Rita's location any time on Tuesday, March 20, and ask for an Italian ice in your favorite flavor, on the house. Cue the happy dance!

All Rita's locations will be giving away free cups of Italian ice Tuesday for the first day of spring.

"At Rita's, we believe it's important to celebrate the everyday moments that make life special - from good grades on tests to job promotions, hitting the homerun in the little league game to a flawless pirouette in a ballet recital", said Mike Lorelli, CEO of Rita's Italian Ice.

The National Weather Service forecast says Modesto can expect from 1 to 2 inches of rain between Tuesday and Friday, and Sonora 3 to 4 inches. Our suggestion: Get your Rita's, jump back in your auto, crank up the heat and enjoy.

The contest will be conducted on Rita's Facebook page, whereupon Rita's will select three top candidates, then turn the decision over to their audience to select the best excuse, winning them the "Ultimate Hooky Trip" to Miami.

"We strive to not only serve our guests fresh, delicious Italian Ice, but happiness too", comments Linda Chadwick, Rita's President and CEO.

This is the 26th year Rita's has been doing the spring giveaway.

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