National Ice Cream Day

Today, July 21, is National Ice Cream Day! The holiday began in 1984 when President Richard Nixon declared the 3rd Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day! He not only celebrated ice cream on that chosen day, but proclaimed the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month.

Businesses, especially ice cream parlors, are celebrating the day with freebies, discounts, and special promotions. The items in the list below is available at participating locations on Sunday, July 21. Some restaurants require an emailed coupon or have their app in order to participate in the promotion. Be sure to check with a location before your journey.


Dippin’ DotsGet a free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots during a two-hour window at select stores and shopping center locations. Times vary by location. Learn more at

Omni Hotels & Resorts: Through Sunday, get free passion fruit ice cream in the lobbies of 32 Omni properties as a part of their Summer of Passion Fruit program. Find the participating hotels at

PetSmart: This ice cream freebie is only for dogs. At stores with PetsHotel facilities, dogs can get a free 4-ounce serving of dog-safe ice cream topped with dog biscuit treats Saturday and Sunday, while supplies last.

PublixFrom 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, get free ice cream samples of Publix’s premium brand Cookie Butter Crème ice cream in stores.


Baskin-RobbinsGet two pre-packed quarts of any ice cream for $7.99 Sunday.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: Rewards members get double points Sunday. Plus, check out other promotions at

Carvel: Buy one soft-serve ice cream cup or cone and get a second cup or cone free Sunday.

Cold Stone CreameryNew and existing My Cold Stone Club Rewards email members get a buy-one-get-one free coupon Sunday. Sign up by Saturday at to get the offer. 

Dairy Queen: Find deals including buy-one-get-one free offers on the chain’s mobile app to use at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit. There’s a different app for Texas residents.

Godiva: Buy a soft-serve cup or cone and parfaits Sunday and get 50% off the second Sunday.

LongHorn Steakhouse: For a limited time, participating locations have a special Steak & Bourbon ice cream for $3.99 at participating locations. The ice cream has bits of steak and bourbon caramel. Learn more at

Monkey Joe’sWith a paid admission, kids get a free ice cream cup Sunday at all Monkey Joe’s locations. Not to be combined with other offers.

Wendy’sFor a limited time, get a small Frosty for 50 cents.

Whole Foods MarketThrough July 30, Prime members get 35% off all ice cream and novelties.


Halo TopThe high protein ice cream is celebrating National Ice Cream Day Sunday by giving away thousands of free Halo Top Pops. The brand is partnering with social networking app, Bumble, to give away Halo Top Pops through the Bumble app. The Halo Top website also will give away 5,000 pops. Learn more at

So DeliciousThe dairy-free dessert is giving away 500 coupons for free pints Sunday with an Instagram contest. Share who you’d like to “#ShareAPint” and the first 500 will get a coupon for a free pint. To enter, share a picture on Instagram of you and your bestie, tag and follow @So_Delicious and tag #ShareAPint #FreePintPromo to get a coupon for a free pint, while supplies last.