The most anticipated day of the summer is fast approaching! National Ice Cream Day occurs every year on the third Sunday in July, and restaurants and ice cream shops celebrate by offering freebies and discounts to eager customers. After all, what beats the sweet smell of an ice cream shop during record-breaking heat in July?
Check out these top freebies and deals for National Ice Cream Day and leave room in your Sunday schedule for an ice cream tour! In addition to national chains, we’re also including some especially sweet local offers for those readers lucky enough to live in these locales.
1. Baskin Robbins: Buy a double-scoop ice cream cone in July and get a free waffle cone upgrade. You can also grab a Baskin Robbins coupon for $2 off a Polar Pizza through July 30.
2. Brooklyn Flea: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day all weekend starting July 16 at 10am during Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza in N.Y. featuring several local sweets vendors including Blue Marble Ice Cream, Fort Grace Ice Cream & Sweet Shop and Malai Ice Cream.
3. Carvel: Ice cream for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do. Buy one soft serve cup or cone, get one free between 8am and 11pm at participating locations.
4. DC Scoop Ice Cream Social: Residents and visitors to our nation’s capitol can visit the 6th Annual DC Scoop Ice Cream Social at Union Market on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm for samples from favorite local ice cream providers and food trucks. Raffles, giveaways and eating contests will also be featured during the event.
5. Grand Bazaar NYC: Free Haagen-Dazs, anyone? Visit the Grand Bazaar NYC starting at 10am on July 17 at Columbus Avenue and 77th Street in Manhattan, and receive free ice cream from the gourmet brand. If you miss this event, the marketplace is hosting another ice cream-themed event -- the NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard -- on July 31 where you can sample flavors from several artisanal ice cream makers. Eating local never tasted so good!
6. Hyde Park Village: Join the Hyde Park Village Ice Cream Social in Tampa, Fla., on July 17 from 12pm to 3pm for events, face painting, balloon animals and giveaways, plus special offers from select merchants. For example, Sprinklers visitors receive BOGO free single scoops of ice cream.
7. Marble Slab Creamery / Maggie Moo’s: In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, this dual chain is offering $2 off any purchase of $10 or more through July 31.
8. Miami Children’s Museum (Florida): Get free ice cream from Florida Dairy Farmers on July 17, plus enjoy crafts and learning how ice cream is made.
9. Monkey Jones: Participating locations in the Midwest and East Coast will offer prizes and giveaways all day on July 17, including free ice cream.
10. New District Brewing Company: Can’t choose between craft brew and ice cream this weekend? Enjoy both during the Beer & Ice Cream Tasting hosted by New District Brewing Company in Arlington, Va. For $20.50, you’ll receive a flight of four beers paired with four Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors.
11. PetSmart: Don’t let your pooch miss out on the sweetness! PetSmart is offering free samples of dog-safe ice cream at locations with PetsHotels facilities on July 17.
12. Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream (Bonita Springs, Florida): The first 100 customers through the door on Sunday, July 17, will receive a free scoop of their favorite ice cream. The shop is also offering a raffle drawing to win free ice cream for a year, and is hosting a Brain Freeze ice cream eating competition at 1:15pm with a cash prize awarded to whomever can consume a quart of ice cream the quickest. Finally, Community Blood Center's Blood Mobile will be at Royal Scoop on July 17 between 10am and 4pm, and Royal Scoop will give a free pint of ice cream for every pint of blood donated.
13. Steak ‘n Shake: Take $1 off a Classic Milkshake -- chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana, mocha or dark chocolate -- through July 17 with a Steak ‘n Shake coupon.