July 21

Bust out a pint of your favorite creamy treat and celebrate one of the nation’s sweetest holidays: National Ice Cream Day. Ice cream manufacturers and enthusiasts everywhere recognize National Ice Cream Day on July 21st. Let’s get the inside SCOOP on how it came to be.

A History of National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day

Ice cream dates back to the Persian Empire, where ancient people combined snow and concentrated juices to enjoy as treats. They gathered snowfall and placed it underground in chambers to keep it cool throughout the hot summers.

Many generations later after the massive spread of ice-related treats, the Quaker colonists brought their ice cream recipes to America. They were the very first to open up ice cream shops on what we now know as the east coast. 

In fact, it was an idea from President Ronald Reagan. He was a major fan of the dairy industry and wanted to celebrate one of the nation’s favorite treats by dedicating a day to it. 

The United States has the second highest ice cream consumption with New Zealand in the lead, so it only made sense that Reagan asked us to create a ceremony surrounding such a delicious treat.

How To Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

Thankfully, ice cream is fairly cheap, meaning there are restaurants all over the place that provide it for free when this holiday rolls around. To celebrate, you’ll want to get some ice cream that you can share with your family and friends. Of course, you’ll also want to get as much free ice cream as you can possibly get, right? 

Some places to get free ice cream on July 21st include:

  • Carvel
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Johnny Rockets

Some places to get ice cream deals on July 21st include:

  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Whole Foods
  • Graeter’s
  • Cumberland Farms

Make sure to tag #NationalIceCreamDay if you use social media!

If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own ice cream at home

“Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States.”

  • Ronald Reagan

On This Day, National Ice Cream Day, As Well As… 

National Junk Food Day


National Junk Food Day comes each year on July 21st, allowing us to chow down and get crazy with all of the tasty junk food that we usually try to shy away from. Junk foods can be defined as any kind of food with high salt, sugar, fat, or caloric content, which also have very little nutritional value. You can celebrate National Junk Food Day by posting #NationalJunkFoodDay on social media while going in on your favorite guilty pleasure.

National Be Someone Day

Mother and Child

National Be Someone Day is a day founded by Project Harmony, which helps to end child abuse through awareness and education. People from all over the world celebrate this day by taking the pledge to report child abuse. Project Harmony uses Be Someone Day to help average people learn more about child abuse, minimize it, talk about it, and end it through knowing the signs.