Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 15, 2012. Where can you get a free cone or participate in fun ice cream day events? After you take the kids to Carvel, Six Flags, or Dippin Dots for free ice cream, check out the list below of ice cream freebies and events at dairy farms, children’s museums, hotels and ice cream shops across the nation on Sunday.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Whether it is Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate chip, butter pecan or cookies and cream ice cream, you can thank the late President Ronald Reagan to thank for this delicious food holiday. 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.
If you miss National Ice Cream Day 2012 or can’t find an event in your area check the list below for free ice cream offers throughout the year from ice cream shops like Friendly’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Dairy Queen Cold Stone Creamery, Marble Slab Creamery, and Baskin’ Robbins. Top Ice Cream Freebies: Where to Get a Free Scoop
2012 National Ice Cream Day Freebies and Activities:
CARVEL: Carvel is giving away a free cone of soft serve ice cream on Sunday at all participating Carvel Ice Cream Shoppes. Kids can get a free cone or cup of soft serve all day with no coupon necessary.
SIX FLAGS: Mars Chocolate North America will be offering visitors to Six Flags Amusement Parks free ice cream from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
DIPPIN DOTS: One day before National Ice Cream Day, get a free cup of Dippin’ Dots Clusterz with this coupon.
BASKIN ROBBINS is giving away gift cards during National Ice Cream Day. To enter the sweepstakes, follow their twitter account @BaskinRobbins and tweet your favorite ice cream flavor with the hashtag #BRIceCream.
OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS are hosting complimentary ice cream socials complete with design your own sundae bar. You won’t be able to take part in this yummy event on National Ice Cream Day, though. The hotel chain will host this event on July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.
MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY: Is giving one Facebook fan ice cream for a year and has a special announcement coming up for National Ice Cream Day. Go ‘like’ Marble Slab on Facebook and keep checking for a possible freebie or deal on Sunday.
FLORIDA: The Naples Ice Cream Club on 5036 Airport Road is offering a BOGO free ice cream cone deal on Sunday.
Emack & Bolio’s is giving a free scoop to the first 25 visitors on July 15 and a 15% off discount all day to everyone else.
The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa is giving away free Blue Bell Ice Cream samples on Sunday.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Head to Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH for some Ice Cream Day fun. You can’t get a free cone, but you can take a tour of the Dairy Barn and the pasteurizing plant where the ice cream is made. No Admission fee, ice cream will be for sale.
OHIO: Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, OH will mark National Ice Cream Month by offering free ice cream to anyone who visits the Ye Olde Mill weekdays from 1-3 p.m. Visitors can sample a free sample of fresh ice cream right off of the Velvet production line throughout the month of July, including Sunday, July 15.
TEXAS: Brain Freeze Bash at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Make your own ice cream in celebration of National Ice Cream Day, July 15.
In Austin, visit Amy’s Ice Cream on Sunday and kids under 12 can get a free scoop of ice cream if they recite the Pledge of Allegiance
VERMONT: Billings Farm & Museum will celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 15, 2012, 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 or click here for their website. Located on 5302 River Road, Woodstock, VT.
Fun facts about ice cream: 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.