Some local chains offered up free goodies on the first day of spring.
Rita's offered free Italian ice all day Wednesday.
Last year it served more than 1.2 million cups of ice.
Dairy queen also participated; it gave out free kids cones all day Wednesday.
Lastly, Outback Steakhouse gave out free bloomin' onions with any purchase.
All of these deals will expired at the end of Wednesday night.