National Ice Cream Day 2011 Events and Freebies Nationwide

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National Ice Cream Day is July 17, 2011. Where can you get a free cone?

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You can take the kids to Carvel for a free soft-serve, but there are many other events offering up free scoops and fun across the United States on Sunday.

Whether you like the popular favorites like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate chip, butter pecan or cookies and cream ice cream, you have President Ronald Reagan to thank for this yummy food holiday.

Back in 1984, Reagan declared the month of July as National Ice Cream month and the  third Sunday in July was dubbed National Ice Cream Day. Want to read the proclamation signed by President Reagan? View it here.

2011 National Ice Cream Day Freebies and Activities:

CARVEL: The free kids cone offer is valid only on July 17, 2011. One kids cone or cup with each adult purchase.

LOEWS  HOTELS: Loews is celebrating 2011 National Ice Cream Month with complimentary frozen treats for guests from 4 pm to 5 pm daily, roving carts filled with ice cream pops, ranging from bomb pops and ice cream sandwiches to classics such as fudgesicles and creamsicles will be stationed in the lobbies of all 18 Loews Hotel properties across North America for guests to enjoy – free.

MON AMI GABI RESTAURANTS in Chicago, Oak Brook, Las Vegas, Bethesda, Reston will serve up a free scoops of Haagen-Dazs French Vanilla ice cream on July 17. Read more on the Mon Ami Gabi website here.

ATLANTA: Vinings Historic Preservation Society will offer ice cream from Coldstone Creamery (event sponsor) Sunday, July 17th, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Old Pavilion on Paces Mill Road in Atlanta. Admission is free to VHPS members and children under 12. Admission for non-members over the age of 12 is $4.

FLORIDA: Head to MOSI (the Museum of Science & Industry) in Tampa and get a free scoop of BlueBell ice cream from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday. Watch to see who wins the ice cream eating competition. Museum of Science and Industry 4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa.

Did you know? Approximately 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream, including both hard- and soft-serve, are produced each year. The U.S. ice cream industry generates billions in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Walpole Creamery will celebrate a day early with free ice cream samples on July 16 at Stonewall Farm from 10 am – 2pm  in Keene, NH and at the Common Ground Garden Market at 279 Henniker St in Hillsborough, NH from noon – 2pm.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Spartanburg will host its fifth annual ice cream eating contest at 7 p.m. ( located on Boiling Springs Highway) To enter and for more details call 578-5571.

TEXAS: Brain Freeze Bash at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Get $1 Icees at Kid’s Café Plus and make your own ice cream on National Ice Cream Day, July 17.

VERMONT: Billings Farm & Museum will celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 17, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Visitors can participate in making and tasting hand-cranked ice cream several times a day, while learning the history and science of the “great American dessert.”  Admission  includes all programs and activities. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  For information about programs and activities contact 802/457-2355. Located on 5302 River Road, Woodstock, VT.

If you miss National Ice Cream Day 2011 check the list below and snag a free scoop throughout the year (typically on your birthday or other special events) by signing up for email updates or liking the Facebook pages of your favorite ice cream retailer like Cold Stone Creamery, Marble Slab Creamery, Baskin’ Robbins, Friendly’s, Ben & Jerry’s and Dairy Queen. Top Ice Cream Freebies: Where to Get a Free Scoop

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