National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday (or SUNDAE), July 21st, and every year, locations all over the US celebrate with free ice cream or discounted deals!
After some thorough research reaching out to my favorite ice cream places and stalking their Instagrams, here's the scoop on where to find your sweet treat! There are also some great events to attend, check back here throughout the week for additional updates.
Now let me lay it all out for you…
Also, see my favorite ice cream locations in LA ranked with a map: BEST ICE CREAM IN LA
FREE ICE CREAM ACROSS THE US ON NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY
If you live in LA - there is a Los Angeles specific section after this one! Scroll down!
Get 2 pre-packed quarts for $7.99. Plus get a free scoop with your purchase of $10 or more with your delivery using Doordash and the code FREESCOOP
Also, sign up for their mailing list for a free cone… any day AND don’t forget to visit them on the 31st of each month for a discounted scoop or sundae!
Did you see their STRANGER THINGS ice cream flavors this month? Check them out here: SCOOPS AHOY - You can also find them at Target for a limited time!
On July 21, Carvel is offering customers a buy one get one free deal on soft serve in a cone or cup of any size.
Also, Wednesday is the new Sundae! Wednesdays are the best day of the week at Carvel, when you buy a classic soft ice cream sundae on Wednesday you get another FREE. So, find a BOGO buddy, and enjoy two sundaes for the price of one.
Find your closest Carvel here: Locations
Buy one get one free on July 21 from 1-6pm. Try the new Cookies and Crème Light Ice Cream made with OREO Wafers, or try the new Dairy Free Key Lime Pie made with coconut milk! Don’t forget to sign up for their reward program for free fro-yo all year long!
Find your closest Yogurtland location here: Locations
This iconic ice cream brand is giving away mini cups for free on July 21 during a two-hour window. Have a Dippin’ Dots nearby? Check your local store to see when that two-hour window is for you.
Want a chance to win $1000 and FREE Dippin' Dots for a year? Enter the Dippin' Dots Dance Challenge for your chance to win. https://www.dippindots.com/dancechallenge
Sign up for the My Cold Stone Club Rewards and get a “buy one, get one free creation” coupon loaded to your account right away. You will also receive a BOGO free Creation dessert on your birthday. Receive $5 off purchases with every 50 accumulated points. To get the BOGO coupon you must become a member by July 20th.
Try their new Reese’s Ice Cream Peanut Butter cup ice cream! YUM!
Get a $10 Bonus eCard for every $30 in Cold Stone Creamery Gift Cards purchased on ColdStoneCreamery.com. *Offer available only 7/21/19 while supplies last. $10 Bonus eCard valid 7/21/19 - 8/31/19 only. Offer valid only for purchases made on ColdStoneCreamery.com. Additional restrictions apply.
Make one of the best days of the years even better with FREE ice cream! Loyalty rewards members enjoy a FREE Ruby Cacao ice cream on 7/21 with purchase of equal or greater value, at participating locations only.
Introducing Ruby Ice Cream, a unique blend of color, flavor, and texture, Ruby ice cream combines our rich ice cream base with pure ruby cacao, featuring a naturally pink color with a sweet, berry-like flavor. Experience Ruby ice cream at your local Creamistry today!
Not a member yet? Join our free loyalty rewards program and receive exclusive offers and points towards free ice cream! Visit your local Creamistry and sign up with a Creamologist today!
Join their mailing list to receive the latest special promotions, offers and updates! All new members will receive an exclusive offer for 10% off their next order! Sign Up
On July 21, buy a scoop, get a scoop for free at participating locations.
Sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club to get soft-serve coupons. Get the app to get a free dipped cone on July 21st!
Download the Bumble App and swipe in Bumble Date, Bumble BFF, or Bumble Bizz until you swipe right to match with us - for a chance to claim your coupon for a free box of Halo Top® Pops. When prompted, eligible users can input their address to receive one coupon eligible for a free box of Halo Top® Pops that can be redeemed in-store at select national retailers while supplies last.
Or head online and go to www.halotop.com/NICD for a chance to claim your coupon for a free box of Halo Top® Pops.
And finally, the following cities will have a Halo Top® pop-up freezer packed with Pops for one day only at participating locations: Austin, Charlotte, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City
Mention "National Ice Cream Day" at the register this Sunday between 2-4pm for a free scoop of ice cream!
Participating locations include: New York City (Third Ave Flagship, Union Square, Hudson Yards, Madame Tussaud’s Times Square), East Hampton, Miami (Lincoln Road) and Los Angeles (Farmer’s Market).
My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream and Uniqlo
Nine Uniqlo stores across the following cities—New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, Seattle and Chicago—will host a My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream in-store pop-up in celebration of National Ice Cream Day, with free mochi ice cream. Expect flavors including sweet mango and ripe strawberry, and triple layer flavors like s’mores and vanilla blueberry.
Enlightened Ice Cream
Fill out a form on eatenlightened.com on July 21 and you’ll receive one coupon for a free pint of Enlightened ice cream (or box of bars) for yourself, and one coupon to send someone special. Feel free to send one to me! :)
Get a free small cup or cone with unlimited mix-ins with the purchase of any Majestic Shake. This National Ice Cream Day deal is available throughout July, Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On Sunday, text the word SCOOPS to 64827 to get $1 off any pint of Ultimate Scoops at any of the chain's nearly 600 retail locations across the Northeast and Florida. Existing members of the text database will receive the coupon Sunday morning. The offer is valid through July 28.
Buy one scoop, get one free on Sunday. The deal continues through the end of the month.
Get a free large shake with any entree purchase this Sunday, 7/21.
Get a $2 Freeze this Sunday, 7/21, no coupon needed.
Buy one, get one free on Sunday, 7/21 National Ice Cream Day!
Get double points in the app Sunday when you order a Choco-Churro Sundae.
For a limited time, get a small Frosty for 50 cents.
Three people will win FREE Bruster's Real Ice Cream for a Year! Enter HERE for a chance to win!
It’s almost #NationalIceCreamDay — do you have your pints lined up!? We’re here to help w/ a whopping 30% off ALL of our ice creams, including froyo, gelato, sorbet, and non-dairy frozen desserts. **Offer valid 7/19-7/21
Prime members will be treated to 35 percent off "all ice cream and novelties" at Whole Foods Market between July 17 and July 30.
You can pick free samples of their Cookie Butter Creme ice cream from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
OMG Free Shakes are coming! Come in July 21st for #NationalIceCreamDay
Join us for National Ice Cream Day on July 21st for a FREE Shake with purchase of an entrée!
To redeem, ask your server for a Free Shake for National Ice Cream Day.
Participating locations: Click Here
On July 21, boutique and cafe locations will be offering a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal on all soft serve ice cream and parfait orders.
Get a free Pizookie (a deep-dish-inspired cookie) when you sign up for the restaurant's Premier Rewards Plus program any day of the year!
If you head over to TCBY four times in July, you can get $3.00 off at your next visit.
The 149-year-old midwestern chain is selling single-dip sugar cones for just $1.49. They make it in a handcrafted French pot?! Sounds delightful.
Celebrate the best holiday of the year with buy one dip, get the second dip on the same cone FREE!
EVEN your dog can celebrate! Step into a PetSmart PetsHotel location to get some free ice cream for your pooch. You'll get a free, dog-friendly ice cream with a dog biscuit on top.
HERSHEY PARK - Hershey, Pennsylvania
On July 21, both Reese’s and Rich Products will be giving away more than 10,000 free samples of the new ice cream cake to Hershey’s Chocolate World guests. The giveaway will begin at 9:00 a.m.
HOT LIPS PIZZA - Portland, OR
If you live in Kentucky, this bank and ice cream shop sound amazing!
Where to Get Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day in LA
Live in Los Angeles? Me too! Here are some awesome places to get free ice cream in Los Angeles on National Ice Cream Day. If you don’t live in LA, go to the next section!
Also, see my favorite ice cream locations in LA ranked with a map: BEST ICE CREAM IN LA
Locations: MILK Beverly - 7290 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
MILK Silverlake - 1639 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
In honor of National Ice Cream Day - buy one scoop, get the second free, all day Sunday, 7/21.
CARMELA ICE CREAM CO
Locations: Pasadena and Mid-City
Buy one, get one free scoops for the first 20 customers!
But wait! There's more...
Want to score a FREE scoop?
Tag them in your Instagram post or story!
Show your scooper your Instagram picture to claim your scoop.
Address: 8588 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month! Come into our Culver City scoop shop in July and receive $1 off a double scoop of ice cream! Mention this Facebook offer to redeem.
Location: See all California Locations here
In honor of our favorite holiday, we're giving away a $25 egift (https://squareup.com/gift/0YETGH6HS85HH/order) card each to two lucky Rori's fans.
HOW TO ENTER
Follow us at @roriscreamery (https://www.instagram.com/roriscreamery/) on Instagram.
Tag a friend in the comments of this post (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8slLmFB-S/) who also can't get enough Rori's.
Winners will be announced on our Instagram feed (https://www.instagram.com/roriscreamery/) on Sunday, July 21st (National Ice Cream Day)!
Don't forget to sign up on their website for a free scoop on your birthday!
Introducing our NEW #Cloud9Cone available starting this Sunday 7/21 to celebrate #NationalIceCreamDay! 9 mini scoops of our most popular flavors in 1 cone 😋 Starting 7PM Sunday, we're also giving away a FREE limited edition tee when you're one of the first 50 to purchase this Cloud 9 Cone at each Afters Ice Cream Location
Cloud 9 Cone Flavors: Madagascar Vanilla, Milk & Cereal, Mint Monster, Chocolate Malted Milkshake, Vietnamese Coffee, Cookie Butter, Strawberry Cookie Crunch, Jasmine Milk Tea & Cookie Monster
They rock everyday like it’s #nationalicecreamday but today is special so go crazy with their signature blue sprinkles FREE all day on anything you want - all locations.
SWEET ROSE CREAMERY
Per their instagram post:
It’s HERE! #NationalIceCreamDay is ON, and we are scoopin up these two special sundaes down at @smorgasburgla!!! Grab the fresh ‘n fruity Farmer’s Market sundae, or the super special exclusive S’mores Sundae all day! Or if you find yourself on the westside, stop by @brentwoodcountrymart, where we’re offering free kids size scoops to any kiddos under 18!
SALT AND STRAW
Per their instagram post:
GIVEAWAY ALERT🍦🚨To celebrate #nationalicecreamday on Sunday (!), we're partnering with our friends @sugarfina + @fancysprinkles to gift 3️⃣ lucky winners a really sweet care package: $50 gift card to Salt & Straw, set of sprinkles, and candy. We'll be picking 1️⃣ winner from each feed.
HOW TO ENTER ⤵️⤵️⤵️
1. Make sure you're following @saltandstraw @sugarfina@fancysprinkles
2. Tell us your go-to ice cream flavor & tag a friend 👇👇below **Prize ships to U.S. only. We’ll choose winners on 7/22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.
NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY EVENTS
Locations: San Francisco
How about a visit to the Museum of Ice Cream? Seems like a good way to celebrate the day! Make sure you buy tickets in advance!
Summer is finally here, and we know what that means... it's time for ice cream! Mark your calendars, because Ice Cream Alley is back!
Join us Sunday, July 21 for #nationalicecreamday and the launch of Smorgasburg LA's annual summertime treat, Ice Cream Alley
Based on my research, looks like Sweet Rose Creamery, McConnell’s, Wanderlust Creamery will all be here! THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND ME!
Sweet ‘n Hollow will be there on 7/21 at @smorgasburgla and are offering a 40% discount for anyone that pays with @apple PAY in honor of #nationalicecreamday and the opening of Ice Cream Alley! New extended hours 10AM - 6PM!
See the Afters truck on how to get a free scoop!
Every Sunday from 7/21 through 9/1
Free entry, ROW DTLA: 777 S Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA
Hours: 10am - 6pm
McCONNELL’S ICE CREAM
Los Angelenos! We’re psyched to debut as a part of Ice Cream Alley 🍦 at @smorgasburgla this Sunday 7/21, which is also (not so coincidentally) National Ice Cream Day! Our super sundae called “the Saturday” will be available to order for your epic ice cream celebration! 🎉 The Saturday feeds up to 6 people. You should try one, on Sunday. See you in #dtla!
Yoga at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (Larchmont)
Public · Hosted by Downward Grog
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (Larchmont) 123 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90004
Tickets by Eventbrite
$15 includes 1 ticket for 75 mins of yoga on the patio at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in Larchmont Village, Los Angeles.
Per their post: We do yoga in... creameries. That's right! We're partnering with Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream for NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY for an all-levels yoga class on their patio in Larchmont.
This is a date for ice cream lovers with a yoga problem. Do we call this... Frozen Yoga? It sounds like 'frozen yogurt' but you're saying 'yoga', you see? Anyway.
9:15am - 75 MIN ALL-LEVELS YOGA
10:30am - WE EAT ICE CREAM
Must be an exisiting member of or join the Westfield Rewards program on site to receive free pint
JULY 21 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Anthropologie Location - 10250 Santa Monica Bvd #2940 Century City, Los Angeles, CA
ICE CREAM DELIVERY ON NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY
Don't want to go anywhere? Don't fret, you can get ice cream delivered to your front door!
The plant-based ice cream with inventive flavors is offering 25% off your order with the code #ICECREAMDAY on National Ice Cream Day.
SPECIAL NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH (JULY) FLAVORS
Check out these SWEET flavors at some of my favorite places! Also, see my favorite ice cream locations in LA ranked with a map: BEST ICE CREAM IN LA
GINGER’S DIVINE ICE CREAMS
Mocha- Mocha Ice Cream, Dipped in Coffee infused white chocolate,rolled in coca nibs.
Jolly Rancher- Vanilla Ice Cream, Dipped in Blue Raspberry hard shell, Rolled in Crushed Jolly Ranchers.
Birthday Cake- We blend Birthday Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream together, Then dip it in Strawberry White Chocolate, Rolled in Rainbow Sprinkles.
Lemon Cake- We Combine Lemon Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream together,Dipped in Lemon white chocolate and dusted with Rainbow Confetti Sprinkles.
Cookie Monster- Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Pop ,Dipped in Blue Raspberry hard shell, Rolled in crushed Oreo's.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice cream, Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Dusted in Lavender Sanding Sugar.
New Summer Creations
Vegan Pickled Strawberry & Boysenberry Pie
Vegan Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet
Vegan Watermelon & Dark Chocolate Chip Sorbet
Dark Chocolate Campfire Smores
Blueberry & Kalamansi ( citrus from Vietnam)
Tart Cherry & Almond Pie
Sweet Corn Blueberry & Thyme
SEE THE FULL MENU HERE: Ginger's Divine Menu
MUST. HAVE. DIVINE. POP! #drool
JENI’S ICE CREAMS
Locations: Scoop Shops all over the US
New this month: Orange Blossom Chiffon
July Flavors: salty-sweet Atlantic Beach Pie with a lemony pop. Plus, Sun-Popped Corn, Blackout Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Buttermilk, and Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam.
I'll try one of each!
SALT AND STRAW
Try their Berries Berries Berries Series:
Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero - An edible tongue twister of sweet berries, funky goat cheese, and complex habanero spiciness that reveals itself slowly with a pleasant burn. Based on award-winning Laura Chenel chèvre, this long-awaited flavor every year ribbons tangy goat cheese ice cream with a fruity, fiery jam starring Oregon-born-and-bred marionberries.
Birthday Cakes & Blackberries - rainbow-sprinkled birthday cake crumble, jammy blackberries, and double-vanilla ice cream.
Fresh Sheep’s Cheese & Strawberries - fresh sheep’s cheese from Central Coast Creamery’s gets mixed with egg yolk custard makes for a funky, tangy ice cream.
Mr. Holmes’ Cornflake Cookies w/ Boysenberry Jam - Boysenberries! While we’re lucky enough in California to have these tangy, floral berries on the regular, most of the world has never heard of them. Meanwhile, Highland Park’s epic Mr. Holmes Bakehouse bakehouse may have put cruffins on the map, but their cornflake cookies are equally delicious. Swirls of housemade boysenberry jam make an amazing accompaniment to malty cornflake ice cream with gently crumbled cookies.
Meyer Lemon w/ Blueberries (v) - Something magical happens when you add citrus to blueberries: the hit of acid awakens them. We love the simultaneously sweet, floral, and gently tart quality of Central California Meyer lemons here, and the backdrop of coconut cream allows the fruity duo to really pop.
Serving throughout JULY. *AVAILABLE AT ATWATER VILLAGE, VENICE & TARZANA LOCATIONS. SELECT FLAVORS AVAILABLE EVERY SUNDAY AT SMORGASBURG LA*
ORANGE FLOWER BAKLAVA
ORIGIN: THE MIDDLE EAST - Ice cream scented with orange flower water and studded with pieces of pistachio baklava.
INSPIRED BY: JAPAN - A sherbet of Yakult yogurt + yuzu citrus juice.
INSPIRED BY: PROVENCE, FRANCE - Lavender honey ice cream speckled with housemade honeycomb candy.
INSPIRED BY: INDONESIA - Inspired by an Indonesian smoothie of avocado, coffee, condensed milk, & Dutch cocoa sprinkles.
INSPIRED BY: AUSTRALIA - Dark caramel ice cream, "salted" with Vegemite.
LILIKOI LI HING PINEAPPLE SORBET Ⓥ
ORIGIN: HAWAII - Passionfruit, fresh pressed Maui pineapple, Hawaiian salted preserved plum.
SWEET ROSE CREAMERY
Locations: Various locations in LA
Gotta check out the BIGGEST SUNDAE in town! You’ll probably find me here devouring one of these! :)
Party Sundae - While you can try to tackle this alone, we'd recommend sharing with a gaggle of friends or family. It's perfect for birthdays, or heck, any day you're feeling indulgent. You choose 8 scoops (HOLY MOLY) of your favorite classic or seasonal flavors, and it's topped with chunks of a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie, brownie bites, housemade marshmallows, hot fudge AND chocolate sauce, caramel, fresh whipped cream, crispy almonds and 3 cherries on top!
Peanut Butter Crunch Bars - Peanut butter and chocolate has been a longtime favorite flavor combo for us, and these ice cream candy bars really hit the spot. Three layers of salty, peanut butter ice cream, caramel and handmade nougat made with whole roasted peanuts and honey are hand-dipped in milk chocolate. They come pre-wrapped, so they're the perfect cooling treat to-go, or you can grab a bunch for a picnic or the beach! These sound right up Josh’s alley!
Summer Flavors - July is always an exciting time of year for our kitchen and fans, as it's when we have the biggest variety of flavors, showcasing beautiful summer produce from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Perennial favorites like Summer Corn, Blueberry Muffin and a rotating selection of Stone Fruit and Berry Sorbets are available all month-long.
See their sweet July Flavors here: July Menu
MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM
I love making my own ice cream! Check out the best ice cream makers here: seriouseats.com
Brief History of National Ice Cream Day
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the third week of July to be National Ice Cream Day along with July known as National Ice Cream Month by signing proclamation 5219. In this proclamation, the president called ice cream the perfect dessert and snack food and stated that over 90 percent of Americans enjoy it on a regular basis. He also stated that Americans should observe this day with activities and celebrations. So let's party, it's basically the law.
Now, let's EAT!
****All offers may subject to change. Offers were researched by contacting shops directly or taken from their websites/social media.
Please share in the comments below where you are celebrating! See you for some #sundayfunday or as I like to call it, #sudaefundae
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