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First day of spring: Celebrate by scoring some freebies


Rita's Italian Ice is giving away one free regular-sized Italian ice to each customer who goes into one of their locations today, including this one at 2318 Rhode Island Ave. NE. (Jeffrey Porter for The Washington Post)

— Outback Steakhouse is offering free Bloomin’ Onions at its restaurants — there are 10 in the counties that border D.C. — throughout the day. To get it free, you’ll need to tell your server you’re there to “Bloom Into Spring.”

— In what has become an annual tradition, Rita’s Italian Ice is giving away one free, regular-size Italian ice to each customer who comes into one of its locations between noon and 9 p.m. There are Rita’s franchises throughout the area, including three in D.C.

— Through March 31, if you buy a Blizzard treat at Dairy Queen, you can get a second one of an equal or smaller size for 99 cents. This winter we barely got any snow, but you can make believe with a nice frosty treat at one of the 17 DQ locations within 20 miles of D.C.

— Today and tomorrow, if you get an adult-sized entree at Chili’s, you can get a free appetizer or dessert. Chili’s has nine locations within 20 miles of D.C.

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