Free Slurpee Day 2013: 7-Eleven gives out free Slurpees Thursday

Free Slurpee Day is here, and it's going to be an even grander occasion for lovers of the frozen concoction.

According to USA Today, 7-Eleven will celebrate July 11 (7/11, of course) by giving out free 12-ounce Slurpee's at convenience stores nationwide.

Last year, stores gave out 7.11-ounce drinks to those who came in to celebrate.

The main reason for the change, officials tell USA Today, was that parents nationwide clamored for the free beverages to come with lids. The smaller side doesn't include the typical dome lid that comes with larger Sluprees.

"It helps us reconnect with people who love the Slurpee," 7-Eleven VP Laura Gordon told USA Today.