It's Spring! Time For Free Rita's Water Ice

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Kayla Segers (walking, center left) and Destiny Little (right), students from the City School at Rittenhouse, get free water ice Monday from Rita's Water Ice in celebration of the first day of spring.
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The first day of spring means at least one thing to the Philadelphia region: Free Rita's water ice.

For the last 25 years, the Trevose-based company has celebrated the change of season with a First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway. The promotion goes from noon to 9 p.m. Monday at most of the chain's 600 stores in 30 states and 5 countries.

The company expects about 1 million fans to line up for the sweet treat. (That's more customers than the populations of Vermont and Wyoming combined.)


What is your favorite Rita's flavor?

Rita's lists their five most popular flavors as mango, cherry, cotton candy, Swedish Fish and lemon.


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