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10 Money-Saving Summer Dates for Your Calendar

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No other season on a busy family’s calendar fills up like summer.

Camps, hikes, vacations, camping trips, family reunions — there’s hardly a week without at least a few fun events to look forward to.

But summer events can get pricey. That’s why you’ll want to check out these upcoming June, July and August deals for family fun on a budget. Some offer discounted tickets, food or admission. Others are completely free.

Tip: Read each promotion’s rules and regulations carefully to avoid disappointment.

1. June 21-22 — Amazon Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day offers deep discounts for Amazon Prime members.

That name is a bit misleading because Amazon Prime Day is actually two days — June 21-22.

The deals can be good, especially on electronics and Amazon-branded products such as Amazon Echo devices and Kindle.

Not yet a Prime member? Here is what you need to know about joining:

2. July 1 — Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven

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Free Slurpee Day is an annual tradition at 7-Eleven. This year, the convenience store chain will celebrate its 94th birthday by rewarding 7Rewards loyalty app members with one free small Slurpee.

The coupon will appear in your account on July 1, and you can redeem it at any point during July. As 7-Eleven says:

“It’s always hard to pick one flavor, and this summer is no different. Choose from vitaminwater® Zero Sugar Gutsy, Pineapple Whip, Blueberry Lemonade Bliss, Peach Perfect made with real juice, and other options varying by region.”

3. Sometime in July — National Hot Dog Day

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If you relish a good hot dog, watch your calendar in July. At some point, National Hot Dog Day will appear.

We don’t know this year’s specifics yet — dates that have been mentioned are July 21 or July 23. But expect chains such as Hot Dog on a Stick and Wienerschnitzel to offer free or discounted dogs in celebration.

4. July 1 — Back-to-school tax holidays resume

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Back-to-school time sounds far off right now, when many schools haven’t even finished the school year. But fall school shopping will be here before you know it, and you’ll be looking for deals to stock up on everything from crayons to computers.

Plan ahead by finding your local back-to-school tax holiday. This is when some states suspend their sales tax on certain qualifying items. A couple of these days already have taken place, but they resume on July 1 in Florida and run the rest of the summer.

Tip: This list will tell you if your state has a tax holiday and its dates and details. Watch for restrictions, such as the maximum cost of qualifying items.

5. July 18 — National Ice Cream Day

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We all scream for National Ice Cream Day.

This deliciously decadent holiday has been around since 1984, when President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. (This year, that’s Sunday, July 18.)

Tip: Look for independent retailers and chains such as Baskin-Robbins, Carvel and McDonald’s to serve up specials and frosty freebies.

6. Aug. 6 — National Root Beer Float Day

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Refreshing root beer and delicious vanilla ice cream pair up for the perfect summer drink. And Aug. 6 offers a chance to snag a deal on this beloved drink.

Where? Try your local A&W for sure — it already has announced that you can get a free small Root Beer Float from 2-8 p.m. on Aug. 6. Also, try some Wienerschnitzel restaurants. Some Marriott hotels may participate, along with local and regional eateries.

7. Aug. 25 — National Park Service anniversary

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America’s National Park Service is a globally recognized gem that manages the nation’s stunning park properties from coast to coast.

Congress established the NPS on Aug. 25, 1916. The event is celebrated annually with free admission at every national park. This year, the NPS will mark 105 years.

See the NPS birthday page and check again, closer to the date, for special events at the park of your choice.

Can’t get to a national park on Aug. 25? Other free-admission dates are scheduled for Aug. 4, Sept. 25 and Nov. 11.

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