The first day of spring will be celebrated later at Rita’s Italian Ice locations.

The annual free ice giveaway set for Thursday is postponed amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, according to a post on the restaurant’s website. It’s a precautionary move, the post said.

The locations are still open for takeout orders, according to the message.

The vernal equinox arrives at 11:50 p.m. Thursday, the earliest first day of spring since 1896.

— Associated Press