Starting at noon Thursday, York County residents can finally welcome spring — and continue an annual tradition of waiting in line for free treats from Rita's Italian Ice.

The Travose, Pa.-based chain is continuing its 22-year promotion of giving away free Italian ice on the first day of spring.

Rita's will offer the free ice from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday at all Rita's locations.

There are seven Rita's locations in York County: 351 Loucks Road, 3000 E. Market St., 901 S. Queen St., 617 Lombard Road in Red Lion, 466 Shrewsbury Commons Ave. in Shrewsbury, 1082 Carlisle St. in Hanover and 1 Lewisberry Road in Fairview Township.