For the first day of spring, free and frozen are in the forecast.

Celebrate the kickoff of the new season Monday with free, frozen treats from Rita's Italian Ice.

Rita's spring promotion is having its 25th anniversary, and it runs noon to 9 p.m. Monday The company, which has locations in 33 states as far north as Minnesota, expects to give away more than 1 million cups of free Italian ices.

The limit is one free cup per person, but enter Rita’s First Day of Spring Photo Contest for a chance to win 25 prizes, including the grand prize of free Italian ice for a year.

Capture and share your first day of spring moments Monday to Friday on Rita's Instagram, Twitter or Facebook page using #RitasFirstDayofSpring. Find Rita's locations and the contest rules at

Rita's has three participating locations in the greater Charlotte area: Plaza Midwood, Ballantyne and The Arbors in North Charlotte.