National Ice Cream Day Promotions

National Ice Cream Day is approaching fast, and you’ll love the chance to enjoy great National Ice Cream Day freebies and deals before they melt away like a sundae on a hot day!

National Ice Cream Day Deals 2024

National Ice Cream Day Deals 2024

Look at the delicious National Ice Cream Day 2024 offers and plan to enjoy a free or discounted scoop to stay cool during the intense July heat!

In addition to deals at national locations, be sure to find out if your favorite locally-owned places have special offers for Ice Cream Day.


National Ice Cream Day?

National Ice Cream Day Deals

National Ice Cream Day Deals

What could be more fun than uniting the country to spend a day celebrating our favorite summertime treat on National Ice Cream Day?


What is National Ice Cream Day?

For people wondering, “what is National Ice Cream Day?”, it’s a day that celebrates all things ice cream!

What is National Ice Cream Day?

What is National Ice Cream Day?

National Ice Cream Month was originally proclaimed by the US President in July 1984, and July 15th of the same year was named National Ice Cream Day. Although the official proclamation only mentioned celebrating National Ice Cream holidays during that single month (and day) in 1984, unofficially, the National Ice Cream holidays continue each year!

While there are no longer presidential proclamations each year, ice cream vendors keep the fun with creative specials on your ice cream favorites.


When is National Ice Cream Day?

National Ice Cream Month Deals

National Ice Cream Month Deals

The entire month of July is known as National Ice Cream Month, and there are a few great deals available all month, but the biggest and best deals will be on National Ice Cream Day, which is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of July each year. This year, National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

Most ice cream holiday offers are announced ~ 1 – 7 days before the event. Mark your calendars and bookmark this page for new 2024 Ice Cream Day freebies and offers.


National Ice Cream Day Deals 2024

Make plans to visit your favorite ice cream parlour for these money-saving 2024 National Ice Cream Day offers!


National Ice Cream Day Deals – National

When is National Ice Cream Day

When is National Ice Cream Day

Many offers are announced just before (or the day of) National Ice Cream Day, so be sure to check back often to see the latest offers. Clear your schedule now – many of the 2024 National Ice Cream Day deals for Sunday, July 21, 2024, have been announced and are listed below!

NOTE that offers will be updated when 2024 deals are announced.

  • Baskin Robbins: save $5 w/ $20+ orders and code SEIZETHEYAY in the BR App or scan your BR App coupon to redeem in-shop (valid 7/21/2024 – 7/27/2024)
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream
    • reward members get 2x points (valid from 7/19/2024 – 7/21/2024)
    • get a FREE doggie sundae for dogs (ongoing offer)
    • get a FREE baby cone for kids less than 40 inches tall (ongoing offer)
  • Carvel: get $6 off w/ orders of $35+ from DoorDash and UberEats (valid 7/18/2024 – 7/21/2024)
  • Cold Stone Creamery
    • reward members can text FLOAT24 to LOVEIT (568-348) for $5 off of a $10+ purchase offer to be loaded into account (send text between 7/17/2024 and 7/23/2024, and offer will be valid for 7 days after it is added to account)
    • enjoy 3 nostalgic treats (root beer float, classic fudge sundae, orange cream float) only available from 7/17 – 7/24/2024
    • see contest section below for more Ice Cream Month fun from Cold Stone Creamery
  • Dairy Queen: DQ App users will receive an offer for a FREE Dilly Bar with an app order of $1+ on 7/21/2024
  • Dippin’ Dots: get a FREE mini cup of Dippin’ Dots during a two-hour promo window – check with your local store to learn the local giveaway hours (valid 7/21/2024 only)
  • Friendly’s: guests can purchase single-scoop cones for $0.89 (from 7/17/2024 – 7/21/2024)
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream: reward members get single-dip cones for only $1.54 (between 7/15/2024 and 7/21/2024)
  • Goldbelly: save on online purchases of ice cream during the annual ice cream sale (through 7/2024)
  • IKEA: members enjoy $1 kid’s cones (dairy-based vanilla or plant-based strawberry soft ice) on 7/21/2024 
  • Insomnia Cookies: get 1 FREE Scoop w/ in-store or delivery purchase and mention of this Instagram offer from 7/19/2024 – 7/21/2024
  • Marble Slab Creamery
    • Ice Cream Cakes are $5 off for Ice Cream Month w/ code CAKE24 online (ends 7/31/2024)
    • Free Small Scoop with purchase of ice cream in-store on 7/21/2024
  • Monkey Joe’s: children get a FREE ice cream cup w/ paid admission on 7/21/2024
  • Nespresso
    • get a FREE Affogato Bowl Set w/ 10+ Vertuo sleeves and code 2024AFFOGATO (exp 7/21/2024)
    • get a FREE Affogato Bowl Set w/ 12+ Original sleeves and code 24AFFOGATO (exp 7/21/2024)
    • get a FREE sleeve of Sweet Vanilla and Ice Lolly Mold w/12+ Vertuo sleeves and code ICECREAM2024 (exp 7/21/2024)
    • get a FREE sleeve of Freddo Delicato and Ice Lolly Mold w/15+ Original sleeves and code ICECREAM24 (exp 7/21/2024)
    • get a FREE Ice Cube Tray and Premium Coaster Set w/ 20+ Vertuo sleeves and code SUMMERDAY2024 (exp 9/14/2024)
    • get a FREE Ice Cube Tray and Premium Coaster Set w/ 25+ Original sleeves and code SUMMERDAY24 (exp 9/14/2024)
    • plus, add FREE samples with each order
  • Steak ‘N Shake: get half-priced shakes and drinks on weekdays from 2 – 4 pm (ongoing offer)
  • Sugarfina
    • get a FREE 8-piece Candy Bento Box w/ $140+ purchase and code BENTO8 (ongoing offer)
    • get a FREE 3-piece Candy Bento Box w/ $100+ purchase and code BENTO3 (ongoing offer)
  • Whole Foods
    • Amazon Prime members get 50% off of selected ice cream and frozen desserts (exp 7/16/2024)
    • other guests get 44% off of select ice cream and frozen desserts (exp 7/16/2024)
  • Yogurtland: reward members get 2x points w/ in-store purchase or online order on 7/21/2024

Note that National offers are valid at participating locations only. Please check with your preferred location to make sure they participate in the Ice Cream Day deals.


National Ice Cream Day Deals – Local

Be sure to check your favorite local ice cream parlors for great deals on National Ice Cream Day 2024!

  • Lofty Pursuits (FL): locals can enter to compete in the Ice Cream Eating Contest for the chance to win a Lofty Pursuits Gift Card (signup starts at 2:30pm on 7/21/2024)
  • Museum of Ice Cream (IL, NY, TX): visit for FREE Ice Cream, FREE sprinkle pool, unique swag, and more (7/20/2024 and 7/21/2024 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm)
  • Salty Paws (WI)
    • Treat your dog at the first Doggie Ice Cream Shop in the country with a Free Topping (7/21/2024 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • Upgrade to a Doggie Drumstick or Waffle Bowl for $1
  • Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream (MO): the day-long extravaganza includes specials, a balloon twister, an enamel pin giveaway (1 pin per person with purchase), a koozie giveaway (with any pint purchase), and a DJ on 7/21/2024
  • South Mountain Creamery (MD): enter to win FREE Ice Cream for a year in the Ice Cream Eating Contest on 7/20/2024 at 12 noon
  • Street Churros (TX): get a FREE Ice Cream at both locations on 7/21/2024


National Ice Cream Day 2024 – Contests

Dream big with these fun ice cream-themed contests for the 2024 Ice Cream Day! Click the links to learn more about each of these exciting ice cream contests!

  • Alden’s Organic Ice Cream: enter to win a prize pack including a FREE summer supply of Ice Cream via Instagram (ends 7/5/2024)
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream: enter Bruster’s SWEETstakes (once per day) to win FREE Ice Cream for a Year (ends 7/31/2024)
  • Cold Stone Creamery: enter the Family Heist Sweepstakes to win prizes including the GRAND PRIZE of a trip from the mainland USA to France plus additional prizes, including FREE Ice Cream for a Year (ends 7/30/2024)
  • Costa Mesa Courtyards (CA): enter to win a $25 gift card via Instagram (ends 7/31/2024)
  • Culver’s: enter the 40 Years of Delicious Sweepstakes every day for a chance to win $40,000 and other prizes (ends 7/31/2024)
  • McConnell’s Ice Creams: enter to win a 4-pint collection of See’s limited-time flavored and an assortment of See’s candy via Instagram (ends 7/18/2024)
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: App Members can complete 8 challenges to enter to win FREE Froyo for a Year (ends 7/31/2024)
  • Mootime Creamery (CA): enter to win a FREE MooTime Cooler Bag and flavor of the month pints for a year via Instagram (ends 7/31/2024) #MeMOOries
  • Museum of Ice Cream (IL, NY, TX): enter to win 1 year’s worth of Dippin’ Dots and 1 year of unlimited access to all Museum of Ice Cream locations in Facebook contest (ends 7/21/2024)
  • Nescafe: enter to win a NESCAFÉ Affogato Kit that includes one jar of the newly released NESCAFÉ® Gold Espresso Intense Coffee, a coupon to receive a free 14 oz. pint of ice cream, a recipe card, two glass coffee mugs, and two spoons (ends 7/22/2024)


More Ice Cream Fun


Ice cream is way too much fun to celebrate only on one day—enjoy these other fun ice cream promotions and products at other times! Enjoy great treats and specials at these great ice cream vendors throughout the year.


Ongoing Ice Cream Deals

Fortunately, National Ice Cream Day isn’t the only time to score free ice cream. Learn even more ways to get great deals on ice cream!

No need to wait — these ice cream offers are available all year!


Additional Ice Cream Holidays

Some shops participate in other free ice cream and frozen treat promotions like Free Cone Day (which falls on different dates depending on the store) on other dates and milestones. So even if your favorite ice cream shop isn’t participating in the National Ice Cream Day promotions, stay alert to find specials during other times of the year!

  • February: TCBY offers BOGO frozen yogurt on National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • March: Rita’s offers free Italian Ice on the 1st day of Spring
  • March: Dairy Queen hosts a free cone day in March
  • March: Bruster’s offers a free cone to people wearing pajamas on PJ Day in late March
  • April: Ben & Jerry offers a free mini cone on free cone day in April 
  • May: Häagen-Dazs hosts a free cone day on the 2nd Tuesday in May #HDFreeConeDay (program may be suspended)
  • May: Culvers offers deals on ice cream on their “Scoops of Thanks” days in early May
  • June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day #ChocolateIceCreamDay #NationalChocolateIceCreamDay
  • July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day #HotFudgeSundaeDay #NationalHotFudgeSundaeDay
  • August 19: National Soft Ice Cream Day #SoftIceCreamDay #NationalSoftIceCreamDay
  • November 11: National Sundae Day #SundaeDay #NationalSundaeDay

Check websites for participating locations near you.

TIP: Remember that you can also get free offers for sweets and ice cream when you sign up for e-newsletters, loyalty programs, and/or download an app. Visit the Free Restaurant Sign Up Bonuses article for the list of places to get free desserts and sweets any time of the year!


Enjoying Ice Cream at Home

National Ice Cream Day 2024 on July 21

National Ice Cream Day 2024 on July 21

The fun doesn’t have to end once the annual Ice Cream Day event has ended. It’s easy to enjoy ice cream at home, whether you make it yourself or order it from a store. If you want to try making your own, you’ll be surprised that all it takes is an ice cream maker and a few simple ingredients!


Ice Cream Makers

Choose one of many types of ice cream makers depending on your family’s needs.


Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker

This vintage wooden style ice cream maker looks like the old hand-cranked style, but the electric design makes it easy to enjoy homemade soft-serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in minutes.

Nostalgia Electric Ice Cream Maker - Old Fashioned Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine Makes Frozen Yogurt or Gelato in Minutes - Fun Kitchen Appliance - Vintage Wooden Style - Dark Wood - 6 Quart


Double Insulated Ice Cream Making Machine

This highly-rated ice cream maker has a double-insulated freezer bowl that eliminates the need for ice while making frozen treats in 20 minutes or less!

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Machine, 1.5 Quart Sorbet, Frozen Yogurt Maker, Double Insulated, White, ICE-21P1


Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Take a shortcut to the best-tasting ice cream at home with highly rated books that include instructions and illustrations on how to make great ice cream at home!


Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book

Fans of Ben and Jerry’s famous line of frozen desserts will enjoy the chance to recreate the fun flavors at home with Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book. This popular book includes over 90 recipes!

Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book


The Perfect Scoop

This highly-rated ice cream recipe book has over 200 recipes for homemade ice creams, sorbets, gelatos, granitas, and more. Available in 4 formats (hardcover, paperback, spiral-bound, and kindle).

The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated: 200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments [A Cookbook]

Ice Cream Add-Ons

Whether you start with a straight scoop of vanilla or a mix of different flavors, these ice cream toppings can take your treats to the next level.


Premium Chocolate and Caramel Sauces

Take your sundae game to the next level with premium chocolate and caramel sauces by Ghiradelli. These classic flavors arrive in squeeze bottles for easy additions to coffees, cocktails, desserts, and ice creams!

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Caramel Sauces 16 oz Squeeze Bottles


Peanut Brittle Crunch Topping

Add a scoop of this highly-rated Peanut Brittle Crunch Topping to sundaes to add flavor and crunchy texture! The fun mixture of bright, colored sprinkles and crunchy peanut brittle is also a great topping for other sweet desserts.

The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe Peanut Brittle Crunch Coat Ice Cream Topping (1 lb. Resealable Zip Lock Stand Up Bag), Kosher


Ice Cream Accessories

These accessory items celebrate the fun spirit of ice cream.

Ice Cream Scented Long Burning Candles

These hand-poured natural soy candles make a great gift and include inviting fragrances like Strawberry Ice Cream and Vanilla Cream.

M&SENSE Natural Soy Candles for Home Strawberry Ice Cream Scented, 11.6oz 70 Hours Long Burning Candles, Hand Poured Candles Home Decor Housewarming Gift for Women and Men

Ice Cream Cone Planter

The Ice Cream Cone Planter is a clever indoor and outdoor plant pot that combines a fun and functional way to decorate your space!

Nebula Colors Unique Cute Ice Cream Cone Planter - Fun Decor Gift for Plant Lovers & Moms - Quirky for Succulents Flowers Snake Plant Outdoor Indoor Plants - Small Planter Ice Cream Decor Plant Pot


Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream Blanket

This Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream Blanket is a cute way to stay warm during the day and enjoy the whimsical glow of the glowing patterns in the dark!

OHOIT Glow in The Dark Ice Cream Blanket Blue Throw Blanket Food Blanket Unique Birthday Gifts for Girls Teens Kids Funny Blankets for Couch Sofa Bed

Mini Ice Cream Erasers

This 48-piece set of mini ice cream and popsicle erasers has enough to share and brighten all the desks around you.Handy Basics Mini Ice Cream and Frozen Treat Pencil Erasers 48pcs


Ice Cream Car Air Freshener

This vanilla bean-scented ice cream cone air freshener will help to keep your car smelling like your favorite frozen treat.

Ice Cream Car Air Freshener Vanilla Scent Freshy Factory (6 Pack)



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What is National Ice Cream Day about

What is National Ice Cream Day about

Which ice cream offers are you craving this year? Do you also enjoy celebrating these fun national food holidays?

35 Responses

  1. Parameter says:

    I must be honest that I always look forward to July. I get a lot of offers popping up on the nearest offer for ice cream. My son and I enjoy ice creams. You got some deals on your list. Thank you for the link to the Harry Potter website. It’s a timely deal and an opportunity to see other stuff on the website. I must also appreciate Bruster’s link; I can get some for my dogs.

    • Alyce says:

      Happy National Ice Cream Day 2023! There are certainly a lot of fun ice cream deals and ice-cream-themed contests this year! I hope you can enjoy your favorites and cool off a bit during this extreme summer heat. Enjoy!

  2. John Topping says:

    Hi Alyce,

    So it’s National Ice Cream Day in the US this Sunday. I didn’t know this until I read your article. We don’t have it in Australia but it seems like a good idea. Lots of fun for the whole family including recipes and contests. Checked out the links to some of the ice creams on offer and they looked great.

    Cheers John

    • Alyce says:

      Hi John, Thanks for checking in! As ice cream is typically enjoyed as a Summer treat, I guess I’m not surprised that Ice Cream Day isn’t celebrated in July in Australia! 😉 

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