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7-Eleven free Slurpee deal is back, but not like you're used to

Every year, 7-Eleven celebrates its birthday by giving away Slurpees. It's a little different this year.
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2010, file photo, Slurpees are displayed at a 7-Eleven store in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Larry Crow, File)

7-Eleven is bringing back its free Slurpee deal in July, but there is a catch.

Traditionally, July 11 (7/11) has been called "7-Eleven Day." On that day, customers could go into any 7-Eleven for a free small Slurpee. Many folks took full advantage of this by store-hopping to pick up multiple Slurpees, often bringing the whole family.

But the U.S. is still not completely out of the woods on the COVID-19 pandemic even as states and businesses open up more and just over half of Americans ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. So, 7-Eleven Day is turning into 7-Eleven month, mainly as a way to keep customers from crowding around Slurpee machines on one day.

This July, the convenience chain will add one coupon for a free, small Slurpee to the accounts of all new and existing 7Rewards loyalty app members. Those members can redeem that coupon once, anytime through July 31. It's the same thing 7-Eleven did last year.

An e-mailed request for comment to 7-Eleven on whether there would be a way for people who aren't rewards members to get a free Slurpee was not immediately answered.

Other deals 7-Eleven is offering for its birthday month include $1 Slurpees in a new stay cold cup, $1 on items from its roller grill including hot dogs, taquitos and rollers and 50-cent birthday cake donuts at participating stores.

7-Eleven also announced it is providing 1 million meals to the hunger relief organization Feeding America. 

7-Eleven turns 94 this year.

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