Make Tax Day a little more palatable this year by getting free food and treats at various restaurants and stores in Champaign-Urbana on April 17.
Yes, April 17. Emancipation Day is the primary reason for changing the tax deadline. A little-known holiday outside of the nation’s capital. This holiday celebrates the historic emancipation of slaves from Washington D.C., which happened several years before the rest of the country.
It is typically celebrated on April 16, and results in shuttering government offices and other public services in the District of Columbia.
Since the regular tax deadline (April 15) falls on a Sunday this year, and Emancipation Day is typically celebrated on April 16, the IRS decided to move the official tax deadline to April 17.
So now you know.
If you owe money, or even if you don’t, perhaps these deals can help take the sting out of an otherwise unpleasant day.
REMEMBER, Know of another deal we don’t have listed? Let us know in the comments!
Kona Ice: As part of a national promotion, our local friends with Kona Ice will be set up at Champaign’s Prospect Bank (on the corner of Prospect and Kirby) on Tuesday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m. Free Kona Ice for anyone that stops by!
Hardee’s: Hardee’s is offering customers a free sausage biscuit between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tax Day. How do you get this freebie? Use the password—or rather pass-phrase—”Made from Scratch” when you order. There are Hardee’s locally in Champaign, Monticello, Paxton and Danville. We have not confirmed that all locations are participating, so check with your local store.
Firehouse Subs is offering a free medium sub with the purchase of a medium or large sub, chips, and a drink. Bring this coupon to any Firehouse Subs location between April 17-19 for yours. Champaign location on North Prospect corridor.
Hooters is offering a free kids meal in honor of Tax Day. From Saturday, April 14, through Tuesday, April 17, kids younger than 12 years old will receive one free Hooters Kids Meal with a purchase of $10 or more from an adult. The Champaign store is on a list of participating locations.
HydroMassage: Locations across the country will offer a free HydroMassage Experience — a heated, swirling water bed — April 14-21 — to reduce tax day stress. The Champaign Planet Fitness gym features the service. You’ll need to download a coupon.
Since it’s a Tuesday, there’s a lot of regular Kids Eat Free deals to be found in addition to the special ones listed above.
Not free, but deals:
Sonic (or as my kids call it, red button): drive-in locations nationwide will have half-price single-patty cheeseburgers on April 17. There are two local Sonic locations, Champaign and Savoy.
Do you know a deal we missed? Add it in the comments!