IHOP is hosting their National Pancake Day (AKA in our household, FREE Pancake Day) on March 1st of this year from 7am-10pm. You’ll get a free short stack of pancakes and are encouraged to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I encourage you to be sure to leave a tip for your waiter or waitress as well. Last year I overheard some waiters grumbling about how many people had come in but hadn’t tipped.
Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $5.35 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. While IHOP's National Pancake Day typically takes place on Shrove Tuesday, this year, the company will host its free pancake event one week earlier on Tuesday, March 1 to build buzz and excitement prior to Shrove Tuesday. With your help, we hope to raise $2.3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities!
Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products...hence the name Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.
Thanks Frugalissa Finds for the info!