The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) tells us how National Ice Cream Day was originated. "In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population."
Here's where you can grab your freebies!
Carvel offers Buy 1 Get 1 Free on any size, all day.
Friendly's offers buy 1 for $1.99, get another free single scoop cone or dish.
Baskin Robins offers an upgrade of their double scoop ice cream with a free waffle cone for the entire month of July. On July 31st only, you can get 31% off ALL ice cream sundaes.
Dippin' Dots offers a free sample of Redberry Sherbet made with Sour Patch Kids.
Your Pie is offering free Gelato all day. This is a limited area so check here if there's a location near you.
...and don't forget your favorite Fido! Pet Smart is offering a free sample of their dog-friendly ice cream at participating PetsHotel locations from 12:00-4:00pm. Find one here; make sure you have only "PetsHotel" marked in the search box.
These chains have offers when you sign up for their clubs and remember, along with free coupons, you will also get promotional emails.
Bruster's Sweet Rewards sends a Welcome Offer, Birthday Gift and Anniversary Coupons.
Dairy Queen's Blizzard Fan Club sends a Buy 1 Get 1 Free for signing up, Birthday and Anniversary coupons.
Maggie Moo's sends free ice cream, Birthday and Anniversary coupons.
Marble Slab Creamery sends a free coupon for signing up and another free coupon on your Birthday. They'll send $5 off on your Anniversary. This looks to be an App-only sign up program.
Sign up for My Sonic and they'll send monthly offers. They don't specify what it will be.