Happy 7-11 Day!
These days, most 7-11 stores are open 24 hours, but I’m old enough to remember when they were open from 7am to 11pm.
As a child, I distinctly remember when my local 7-11 changed its operating hours to 6am to 12am. I wondered if the store would be changing it’s name to 6-12? Within a few years most stores expanded their hours and were open 24 hours a day. The brand name 7-11 lived on without changing it’s name. Then I wondered, if they are open 24 hours a day, why do they have locks on the door?
When I think of 7-11, the word Slurpee immediately comes to mind. The Slurpee is amazing frozen, sugary drink which overwhelms my taste buds and causes brain freeze. I don’t drink them as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid, but I do indulge once in awhile.
One of my fondest memories was meeting with my cousin Isaac (who I like to call my best cousin on the whole wide world) on Monday nights at 7-11 after dance class. We would purchase Slurpees and Corn Nuts and crunch, crunch, crunch away and freeze our brains and chat for hours about nonsensical things, much like this scene in Stand by Me:
This may seem odd to most people, but my favorite Slurpee flavor is banana! It’s not available at all locations, but when I see it, I will usually buy a small banana Slurpee. Which brings me to the purpose of this post…
On July 11th aka 7-11 aka 7-11 Day, you can get a FREE small Slurpee between the hours of 11am – 7pm (at participation locations).
Just remember, people LOVE FREE STUFF, so go early to avoid the long lines. Most locations only offer the free small Slurpee until they run out of small Slurpee cups. Most locations offer a discount to upgrade to a larger Slurpee size. You’re getting the Slurpee for FREE, so be a nice patron and purchase something EXTRA. I recommend the Corn Nuts.