How to Celebrate National Pancake Day 2021

National Pancake Day is quickly becoming a favorite food holiday for many people, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love a big stack of pancakes for breakfast (or dinner)? This year, National Pancake Day falls on February 16, so get ready to celebrate. Here’s how you can make the most of the day.


IHOP goes big for National Pancake Day. Each year, IHOP offers free pancakes for the holiday but asks that you consider donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Typically, each visitor can get one free short stack of pancakes, which consists of three pancakes. IHOP will release full details on its specials for National Pancake Day 2021 on Tuesday, February 16, so stay tuned.

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In previous years, Denny’s has offered $2 stacks of pancakes as an add-on to any meal for National Pancake Day, and we’d expect the same for 2021. Denny’s also offered delivery with a $5 minimum, so plan ahead and order big if you want to take advantage of the sale and get your pancake on at the same time. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?


McDonald’s doesn’t have any deals for National Pancake Day, but you can get your flapjack fix by hitting the drive-thru and grabbing a stack of pancakes from the golden arches. You’ll have your order and be home in no time.


How to celebrate at home

Start the day off right.

Plan ahead to make sure you have all the pancake essentials, including mix, syrup, butter, toppings and whipped cream. One cool idea is to set up a pancake bar with a variety of toppings. We love to add fruit, such as blueberries or bananas, to our pancakes. Make a bunch for the whole family and start National Pancake Day 2021 off right.

Have breakfast for dinner.

If you’re not a morning person, the next best thing is having breakfast for dinner and incorporating pancakes into your meal. If you want to keep things simple, a little cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of vanilla extract go a long way in your pancake batter. You can thank us later.

Order from your favorite local spot.

Order some pancakes from your favorite local diner or restaurant. Rakuten Dining has more than 10,000 restaurants around the country to choose from, and you can earn 5% Cash Back on every order. You can also try Postmates or Grubhub if the restaurant you’re looking for isn’t included in Rakuten Dining.

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