Monday is the first day of the spring, and what better way to ring in the new season than with some deals?

Free ice cream: Participating Dairy Queen locations nationwide will be offering a free vanilla ice cream cone as part of the company’s “Free Cone Day.” Stores will be raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network by asking customers for donations in lieu of payment.

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Free Italian ice: In case you haven’t heard, Rita’s Italian Ice is offering one free Italian ice per person Monday during normal business hours. This year’s Free Ice Day marks the 25th annual First Day of Spring Celebration for the frozen custard shop.

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Biltmore Bloom: Celebrate spring with a spectacular display of colorful blooms at Biltmore Estate. Starting on the first day of spring, Biltmore will celebrate the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final project — George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens.

More than 50,000 tulips, 14,000 daffodils, and 1,000 hyacinths will be planted across the estate.

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