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: Enjoy ice cream scoops for just $1.50 each on July 31.
2. Carvel: Answer the 3pm sweet treat call with BOGO from Carvel. Vanilla, chocolate and Oreo soft serve are available for the buy one, get one free promotion between 3pm and 8pm on July 16.
3. Darby Dental Smiles (Mechanicsburg, Ohio): In a bizarre twist of events, Darby Dental Smiles is giving away free ice cream on Monday, July 17, to all patients. Let's hope your teeth aren't too sensitive after your cleaning!
4. DC Scoop Ice Cream Social: Residents and visitors to our nation’s capitol can visit the 7th Annual DC Scoop Ice Cream Social at Union Market on Saturday, July 15, 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: The marketplace is hosting its second-annual NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard on July 16 between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., where you can sample flavors from several artisanal ice cream makers. Eating local never tasted so good!
6. Ice Cream Delight (Wilmington, Delaware): Treat yo'self to free sprinkles all day on July 16 from Ice Cream Delight, with a fire truck from Claymont Fire Company arriving at 3 p.m.
7. Ices Plain & Fancy (St. Louis, Missouri): Celebrate Ices Plain & Fancy's third anniversary on July 16 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. with BBQ, live music, kids' activities and of course, ice cream!
8. Krystal (11 states in the Southeast): Starting July 16, enjoy $0.99 sundaes through July 23 at participating Krystal locations.
9. McDonald's: For the first time that we know of, McDonald's is participating in National Ice Cream Day by giving away a free vanilla soft-serve cone to all customers, no purchase necessary, on July 16.
10. Monkey Jones: Participating locations in the Midwest and East Coast will offer prizes and giveaways all day on July 16, including free ice cream.
11. Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, Illinois): The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting three events on National Ice Cream Day, all featuring free ice cream to visitors. Guaranteed Rate Field (Gate 5): 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., receive "Hey Batter, Batter" chocolate cake batter ice cream; Museum of Science & Industry: 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (requires entry ticket purchase), receive "Sweet Corn-ell Drive" sweet corn; and Maggie Daley Park: 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., receive "The Bean" vanilla bean ice cream.
12. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (Las Cruces, New Mexico): The first 600 people who pay admission on July 16 will receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche's Frozen Custard. Visitors can make their own ice cream and participate in ice cream sandwich-eating contests starting at 2:30 p.m.
13. PetSmart: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with your pooch at all PetSmart PetsHotel locations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes on July 16.
14. Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream (Bonita Springs, Florida): The first 100 customers through the door on Sunday, July 16, 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 16 between 10am and 4pm, and Royal Scoop will give a free pint of ice cream for every pint of blood donated.
15. Salt & Straw (Portland, Oregon): Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with all-day events on July 16 from Portland's Salt & Straw, with prize giveaways including tee shirts, tasting trays, ice cream scoopers, pints and hats. One lucky winner will receive a free shipment of ice cream to anywhere in the U.S.