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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People wait in line at a Dairy Queen, the first to open in Manhattan, on May 29, 2014 in New York City. There are more than 6,300 Dairy Queens in the U.S. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The pandemic has forced the cancellation of another beloved event. USA Today reports that the 2021 edition of Dairy Queen’s popular ‘Free Cone Day’ has been scrapped. It had also been postponed to 2020.

The company announced that the annual event, usually held on the first day of spring (that’s March 20th this year), won’t be happening this year with the public’s safety and the safety of their staff in mind, especially since it tends to attract long lines of people. Dairy Queen adds that they “look forward” to bringing it back next year.

DQ’s decision comes on the heels of another food outlet’s change in plans. In February, IHOP announced that its National Pancake Day promotion, which would have been on February 16th, has been postponed until April 1st. They’re offering to email customers an IOU for a free short stack of pancakes via their MyHOP club. You can get more details about that HERE.