National Pancake Day at IHOP

Check back later for details on the upcoming 2023 National Pancake Day at IHOP. This year, the free event happened on March 1, 2022. 

National Pancake Day on February 25, 2020

National Pancake Day on March 1, 2022

During this event, all guests will receive a free small stack of IHOP pancakes. That price is right!

Like in 2022, IHOP has also held their National Pancake Day on Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras in the past. Will the Mardi Gras and Pancake Day connection remain in 2023 too?). Either way, it’s still the perfect time to eat 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 – 4 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 2022 is on Tuesday, March 1st.


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 am – 4:00 pm.


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”

In the past, IHOP has also added free prize giveaways to National Pancake Day!

To enter for a chance to win these prizes, visit the restaurant on National Pancake Day and ask about how to enter any sweepstakes. In 2020, there were thousands of instant win prizes available (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.


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!

In 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

Learn to make great pancakes at home and enjoy them anytime!


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 / loyalty programs.


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41 Responses

  1. Deepanshi says:

    Awesome, thanks for sharing this information! I haven’t been to an IHOP in quite some time but going on National Pancake Day/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras sounds like a great idea. I live in Canada but not far from the border, so I will talk with my husband and we’ll take a look what is the closest IHop to the border, so I keep my finger crossed! I think is a great idea, especially if it is made for a great cause. I am totally for this and everything it stands for.

    • Alyce says:

      It’s a great event that hoped to raise $4 million for charities this year! Hopefully they were able to give away a lot of free pancakes and raise a significant amount of money for those great causes!

  2. shariful islam says:

    Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us. Desserts are my favorite and pancakes are one of my favorites too. And the pancake dishes that I enjoy the most when I walk out of my office workplace.I’ve never heard of IHOP Pancake Day before, but this post helped me to learn all about it. Now I want to know more about IHOP too and start to support them more.Will share – thank you.

    • Alyce says:

      Pancakes make a great breakfast food and start to the day, but it’s also great that this promotion runs from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. so that we can enjoy them as dessert for another meal if we so choose!

  3. Md Millat says:

    Thank you so much for such an excellent article. I think most of our people like sweets and pancakes are one of them. What attracted my attention in the article was that one of the goals of IHOP’s National Pancake Day was to raise funds for the kids in the area, which I must applaud for the passing of this great event. I really enjoyed your article and I have benefited from reading this valuable information and I think other people like me will benefit from reading this article.

  4. MrBiizy says:

    Wow! I have been privileged to eat pancakes a few times and I must admit the fact that I love pancakes so much and the way it tastes. This is my first time to hear about National Pancake Day at IHO. Looks like a great time to eat more pancakes but I am not sure this day is celebrated in my country. I’d check the website you linked. Thanks.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mr Biizy, I do think this is just for the USA but it certainly doesn’t hurt to check in your own country… just in case!

  5. Nuttanee says:

    When is it a national pancake day? Is it today? Omg I love pancakes especially at IHOP, I love all those 3 syrups on the table and just binge my carbs and sugar load away. lol Thank you so much for sharing the deal! I have no idea that it is the same day as Mardi Gras, what a fun day. Gonna try to get some pancakes today! 

  6. Lee says:

    I guess I need to make my way to IHOP at some point today. It appears that National Pancake Day at IHOP is today and who can really pass up a free delicious stack of pancakes from IHOP. Pair that offer with a chance to win some cool prizes and that is an overall winner to me. Thank you for sharing this great information in your post.

  7. Henry says:

    Hi! I love pancakes. And tomorrow will be February 25th. I’ll check out the nearby IHOP. Hopefully it’s participating in the event. I’m glad I came to your post and read about this just on time. And can you imagine how I came across your post? I was searching for something totally unrelated: how commercials are shot. And one commercial was about pancakes and from there I found your post.

    PD: Did you know that most commercials pour car oil instead of honey when they’re shooting pancake commercials? 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Henry, You definitely have some good timing for some free pancakes!

      I didn’t realize that car oil is used as a visual substitute for honey!! Interesting and might look tasty but hopefully no one has accidentally tried a bite!

  8. Andrew says:

    Awesome, thanks for sharing this information! I haven’t been to an IHOP in quite some time but going on National Pancake Day/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras sounds like a great idea. I’ll have to check if any locations in my area have this promotion! Also, I had no idea that IHOP has helped raise over $30 million for children’s charities. Knowing that maybe I’ll start going to IHOP and supporting them more. Thanks again!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Andrew, It is nice to know that IHOP has helped to raise so much for those charities with the free National Pancake Day promotion. Hopefully that means the event will continue for many more years!

  9. Alejandra says:

    Yum yum, tomorrow is National Pancake Day at Ihop, 

    You gave me a good idea for tomorrow breakfast and the best of it is to help to raise some money for the children.

    I live in Canada but not far from the border, so I will talk with my husband and we’ll take a look what is the closest IHop to the border, so I keep my finger crossed!

    What a nice website you have here, I couldn’t miss some of the post you have and I think I’ll be busy checking on some of them!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Alejandra, I hope you both enjoy some great pancakes – sounds like a fun adventure. 🙂 Thanks so much for checking out the other posts!!

  10. Kevin says:

    I’ve never seen a website like this, I just learned of an interesting promotion I never knew was going on! I’ve actually never heard of IHOP or national pancake day, but this post has alerted me of the event. I might think of going, but I’ll need to do a little more research. It seems as if there’s only one IHOP restaurant where I live and it’s quite far away. Do you know of any other promotions that are more accessible, e.g. online giveaways?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Kevin, You can enter for some of the prizes tomorrow during the contest hours. With this online option, you could still be the Grand Prize winner of “Pancakes for Life” at IHOP!

  11. Benny says:

    hello, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm, so many people including can utilize and get free pancakes. it is also a great business strategy one can learn from

  12. Lalita says:

    Thank you very much for a “sweet” article. I think most of us love sweets, and pancakes are one of them. Who does not like pancakes, right?

    Love the idea behind “Pancake Day,” for raising money to help out children. Can definitely see this being a major draw for many people, having a packed out event. The prizes are also an awesome bonus!

    I think is a great idea, especially if it is made for a great cause. I am totally for this and everything it stands for.

  13. Diana says:

    Thank you very much for a “sweet” article. I think most of us love sweets, and pancakes are one of them. Who does not like pancakes, right?

    I have never heard of this concept before, “Național Pancake Day”, but I think is a great idea, especially if it is made for a great cause. I am totally for this and everything it stands for.

  14. Evagreene says:

    Wow this is amazing! What caught my attention in this article was the fact that one of the purpose of the National pancake day at IHOP is to raise funds for children in the area I must commend the pioneer of this great event. It will put an unending smile on my face to be present there. Thanks!

  15. Dave Sweney says:

    I am a huge IHOP fan and have been for years. I live overseas (I am an ex-pat) so every time I get over to the USA, I will find at least one in whatever area I might be in while there. It kind of makes a lot of sense that they would make a big celebration out of National Pancake Day.

    I really do not track all the special days that come around during the year, but it seems this is one that I really do need to follow if I am to enjoy some of the benefits that IHOP is offering! The free short stack is nice, I always order one of these anyway. 

    The “pancakes for life” contest is something I would like to enter too, I could eat them every day for life and be happy (they may not be but I would be!). The other prizes are also good, so I will go to the link you have provided to enter for sure. Does it matter if I am overseas? I also am glad they are using the event to support charities. I always knew there were a lot of reasons to like IHOP. The good they are doing really stacks up!  

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Dave, I think this promotion may only be for the USA since it’s called the “National Pancake Day”. No matter what, it’s a great excuse to check out the charities and enjoy some IHOP pancakes.

  16. Patrick says:

    We used to visit IHOP as the kids loved it there. Stopped in here with the kids on Halloween for their Scary Face pancake promotion. I ordered a short stack of pancakes and hash browns for myself. Kids got milk and so did i. People always gave their kids IHOP gift cards since it was well known that they enjoyed going there so much. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hash browns and pancakes are definitely IHOP staples. I prefer to have them with coffee rather than milk, but I love how many pancake options they have!

  17. Michael says:

    I was craving pancakes yesterday for breakfast but I was in a hurry and had to get something else on the way.

    Two of the things that I love mashed together, Charities and pancakes. A great reason for me to eat and kill my week-long craving for pancakes. I have iHOP nearby, will be contacting them to see if they will have the contest but if there are any changes, please do update us.

    I’ll be following this post 🙂

  18. Brandy says:

    Who doesn’t love pancakes?! Had no idea that it fell on the same day as Madi Gras, but can see them going hand in hand. Lol

    Love the idea behind “Pancake Day,” for raising money to help out children. Can definitely see this being a major draw for many people, having a packed out event. The prizes are also an awesome bonus! 

    Thank you for taking the time to share all of this information with us!

  19. Rose says:

     I love pancakes but between the lifetime of pancake prize and collectible glasses, I think I would rather win the collectible drinking glasses. It sure sounds like February 25th is going to be a fun-filled day, and all for a good cause.

    IHOP is doing a great job I mean raising $30 million for children charities since 2006 is a big deal, I sure wish other big companies would also adopt this spirit of caring for fellow human beings especially our young ones who are going through health challenges.

    Definitely a great article that made me crave pancakes. I do have a question though, how come no matter how hard I try my pancakes never turn out like those at IHOP? I have tried different recipes, but there is something missing.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Rose, Depending on your location / elevation you may need to make some additional adjustments to get things to turn out just right. My mom has an amazing recipe “from scratch”, but we like to use the buttermilk boxed mix when we want a shortcut.

      • Rose says:

        OH, so if I use the Buttermilk Boxed mix, I will get better results? I will try that for sure, thank you so much. I also didn’t know my location can influence the results of my pancakes.

        I appreciate your answer.


  20. Mirza says:

    A blog that deals with gifts, gift ideas, and links to specific pages that shorten your search time on the Internet for a nice gift for a special person or occasion. An interesting way to market to specific sites that sell related items is a nice touch. Gift suggestions are enriched with links to sites that offer fast shipping for customers. All this and free pancakes on a national pancake day too? Fantastic!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mirza, There are lots of strange reasons for deals and freebies, but National Pancake Day sounds like a pretty good one to me!

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