To commemorate the first day of spring on Sunday, Rita’s Italian Ice in Oceanside, Farmingdale, Deer Park, Franklin Square and East Islip will be giving away free ices until 9 p.m.
Customers can choose any flavor to be served in a 7-ounce collector’s First Day of Spring cup.
The spring season also marks the return of custard to the menu, after Rita’s phased out the product last year due to a nationwide egg shortage.
Philadelphia fireman Bob Tumolo founded Rita’s in 1984, with a recipe for water ice similar to those served in his city’s Italian-American neighborhoods for generations. Today, there are more than 600 Rita’s locations around the world, including the five on Long Island.