Mark your calendars for the 2020 National Pancake Day at IHOP. This year, the free event happened from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25th. 

National Pancake Day on February 25, 2020
National Pancake Day on February 25, 2020

During this event, all guests will receive a free small stack of IHOP pancakes. That price is right! Coincidentally, February 25th also happens to be Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras, so it’s kind of the perfect time to enjoy eating a bunch of pancakes!

What is National Pancake Day?

This is a annual promotional event run by IHOP to give away free pancakes, free prizes, and raise money for area children’s charities.

All guests are entitled to one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Generally this should be good from 7 – 7 at most IHOP locations, but you should call to verify that your local restaurant is participating, as the official National Pancake Day website discloses that this is “at participating locations” and that “hours may vary”.

When is National Pancake Day?

The date of National Pancake Day changes from year to year, and this is specifically an event that currently only happens at IHOP (post will be updated if that changes!). The IHOP National Pancake Day 2020 is on Tuesday, February 25th.

Free Pancake Day IHOP hours

Most IHOP restaurants are known for keeping very early and really late hours, but you should note that the free pancakes are only available between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free stack of pancakes

Everyone gets a free short stack of pancakes on National Pancake Day. An IHOP short stack of pancakes is 3 stacked pancakes.

The value of this offer is approximatly $6 (regular menu price $5.59 -or- 55 Plus menu price $4.99). You are welcome to add to your order to round out your meal, but please tip your server on the value of your food (not the discounted cost), including the $6 freebie.

Chance to win prizes like “Pancakes for Life”

New for 2020, IHOP is also adding free prize giveaways to National Pancake Day!

To enter for a chance to win these prizes, visit the restaurant on National Pancake Day and scan the QR code at your table with your smart phone. This will register you for the “Pancakes for Life” grand prize drawing and enter you to win instant prizes!

There are thousands of instant win prizes available that are worth up to $500 each:

  • $500 IHOP Gift Card (10 available / worth $500 each)
  • IHOP Bike (10 available / worth $440 each)
  • IHOP Scooter (10 available / worth $400 each)
  • IHOP Custom Jacket (10 available / worth $350 each)
  • IHOP Beret (20 available / worth $125 each)
  • IHOP Watch (20 available / worth $85 each)
  • IHOP Blanket (50 available / worth $75 each)
  • IHOP Duffel Bag (250 available / worth $35 each)
  • IHOP Collectible Drinking Glasses (250 available / worth $25 each)
  • $25 IHOP Gift Card (300 available / worth $25 each)
  • IHOP Water Bottle (250 available / worth $20 each)
  • IHOP Trucker Hat (250 available / worth $18 each)
  • IHOP Socks (250 available / worth $15 each)
  • Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes (248,000 available / worth $6 each)

The grand prize is “Pancakes for Life” which will be awarded by a drawing done at the end of the day. This prize will be awarded in the form of Sponsor gift cards with a total value of $15,000. The full value of the Grand Prize will be fulfilled in 2020.

For entry into the Pancakes for Life grand prize sweepstakes without a visit to the restaurant:

  • Visit the sweepstakes entry website on Free Pancake Day (2/25/2020)
  • Print the provided entry form
  • Complete the entry form with first name, last name, zip code, email address and date of birth
  • Email the completed form to

The combined value of all of the prizes is worth over $1.5 million!

Raise money for children’s charities

IHOP uses this annual event to highlight and raise money for 3 children’s charities. Since 2006, IHOP has helped to raise over $30 million for these charities!

For 2020, they hope to raise over $4 million for Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities. Guests can donate on-check, with cash at donation boxes, or by purchasing a wall tag at the restaurant. All money raised during the IHOP National Pancake Day campaign stays local and supports the nearest children’s hospital associated with the charity partners.

IHOP National Pancake Day Charities
IHOP National Pancake Day Charities

If you are in a position to donate, consider making a contribution to one of the great causes and children’s charities that are featured during IHOP national free pancake day. Learn more below about these great organizations.

Additional IHOP information

IHOP has been a “breakfast expert” for over 60 years and operates more than 1,750 restaurants in all 50 USA states and in other countries around the world! Keep an eye on the official IHOP websites for more information about this annual promotion. IHOP can be found online at:

Tips for great pancakes at home

Original pancakes

Although the IHOP National Pancake Day only happens one time per year, you can enjoy easy pancakes at home with a few key ingredients. Here are some favorites at our house for a decadent breakfast!

Artsy pancakes

For even more fun with pancakes at home, enjoy creating art that you can eat with this pancake art set! Choose your colors and design and create all kinds of fun breakfast options!



For even more great IHOP offers throughout the year, be sure to sign up for the MYHOP rewards program and get a free stack of pancakes at signup! Click here for a list of 95+ places to get free food for signing up for email / loyatly programs.


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