McDonald’s Giving Away Free Big Macs to Celebrate Burger’s 50th Anniversary; Here’s How to Get One

McDonald's created the MacCoins for the Big Macs 50th anniversary, something which in turn can be turned in to get one of the popular burgers for free. (Credit: McDonald's)

McDonald's created the MacCoins for the Big Macs 50th anniversary, something which in turn can be turned in to get one of the popular burgers for free. (Credit: McDonald's)

McDonald’s is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Mac by giving away the double-decker burgers for free starting Friday.

To get one, customers must first obtain what the fast-food company is dubbing the “MacCoin,” described as a “limited edition global currency,” according to a news release on its website.

The MacCoins — which come in five designs, each featuring a different decade — can be obtained beginning lunchtime Thursday by purchasing a Big Mac at one of 14,000 participating locations across the country.

Those in turn can be redeemed for a free Big Mac at participating McDonald’s in the U.S. and abroad through the end of the year, the release stated.

The company plans to distribute over 6.2 million MacCoins around the globe.

The Big Mac was invented in 1967 by Jim Delligatti, a local McDonald’s franchise owner in Pennsylvania. It became a staple at the chain’s fast-food restaurants nationwide the following year, according to the New York Times.

Delligatti died in 2016 at the age of 98.

The famous jingle — “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun” — was created in the 1970s, and is still well known to this day.

Full details about the Big Mac deal can be found on the McDonald’s website