July 16 marks National Ice Cream Day all over the USA, and ice cream shops and restaurants around the United States are gearing up to offer some cool deals. Former President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month in 1984, stating that the food should be recognized with “appropriate ceremonies and activities,” and we’re here to help you find those suitable locations and ice cream eating activities. Because it’s National Ice Cream Day, and you deserve to eat some free ice cream.
The manufactured holiday usually falls on the third Sunday of each July, making it a particularly sweet day for ice cream fans. This year, some ice cream shops are sweetening their deal and starting the made-up holiday a couple days early, while others require you to download their apps to cash in on the free treats. Check out where to get free ice cream on Sunday below. The fine print for all of them stipulates that the giveaways are available at participating locations only, while supplies last.
Baskin-Robbins: Baskin-Robbins is giving out free slices of it’s brand, spanking new Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza from 12-5 pm on July 14th (the Friday before National Ice Cream Day). It combines the best flavors: mint chocolate chip ice cream, brownie crust, and an Oreo, fudge, and marshmallow topping. Did I mention it’s free? If you download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, though, you’ll get special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days.
Carvel: All soft-serve cups and cones are BOGO this Sunday at Carvel. To give you even more incentive to get ice cream, Carvel is donating some of their proceeds to Save the Whales (a non-profit that supports marine wildlife conservation).
Cold Stone Creamery – This isn’t a National Ice Cream Day exclusive, but Cold Stone Creamery has a BOGO offer if you sign up for the My Cold Stone Club. So basically, bring a friend and you can each get an ice cream half-off. #SpoonTip: Be sure to sign up at least 24 hours in advance for the MCSC because it takes time to get that coupon.
Cumberland Farms – Cumberland Farms is putting two of its new flavors on sale. Both Chocolate Peppermint Palooza and Awesome Chocolate Amaretto Almond will be discounted $3 per pint. And through Sept. 5, customers can receive a free ice cream sandwich with the purchase of a 200-ounce Pepsi or Mountain Dew Spikes beverage.
Dairy Queen – Similar to Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen is not offering any National Ice Cream Day specific deals, but you can join the Blizzard Fan Club for a BOGO Blizzard. Honestly, we’d still do it for half-off Blizzards. We challenge you to make July 16 a scoop-crawl, stopping in each store for your National Ice Cream Day free ice cream. You’ll catch me doing it.
Dippin’ Dots: Free mini cups of ice cream will be given out in a two-hour window on Sunday. Check with your local Dippin’ Dots store to find out when.
Friendly’s: At Friendly’s, you can be enjoy quality ice cream and be charitable this Sunday. For each Friend-z ice cream (basically a Blizzard in such flavors as Butterfingers, cookie dough, and birthday cake) purchased, $2 is donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday will also get a coupon good for a free ice cream in the future.
Krystal: The Krystal fast food chain is offering sundaes for only 99 cents from July 16 to July 23.
McDonald’s: Customers who download the McDonald’s app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required.
Monkey Joe’s: All guests at Monkey Joe’s indoor play centers get free ice cream cups on Sunday.
PetSmart: This is honestly our favorite deal … All dog-stomers at PetsHotel locations will receive free and dog-safe Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday.
Subzero: From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, you’ll get a free order of Subzero’s liquid nitrogen ice cream when you purchase one at regular price.
Your Pie: All customers at this brick-oven pizza chain get free gelato on Sunday.