National Ice Cream Day Promotions

National Ice Cream Day is approaching fast, and you’ll want to take advantage of great deals on ice cream and frozen treats to mark the occasion!

The entire month of July is “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 falls on the 3rd Sunday of July (Sunday, July 19, 2020).

National Ice Cream Day Promotions

The information below is for the National Ice Cream Day offers that happened in 2019. Stay tuned for updates on offers that will be available for the 2020 holiday on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

National Ice Cream Day BOGO Scoops of Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Day 2019 – BOGO Scoops of Ice Cream

Take a look at the list of National Ice Cream Day 2019 offers and make plans to enjoy a free or discounted scoop to stay cool during the intense July heat!

  • Brusters (July 21, 2019): double points on all purchases
    • plus free baby cone for kids under 40″ tall (every day)
  • Carvel (July 21, 2019): buy one soft serve cup or cone, get one free
    • plus every Wednesday is “Sundae” at Carvel when you buy a classic soft ice cream sundae on Wednesday you get another FREE
  • Cold Stone Creamery (July 21 – July 28, 2019): BOGO for rewards club members: buy one (1) Like It (Sm), Love It (Reg), or Gotta Have It (Lg) and Get One FREE (of equal or lesser value)
    • plus on July 21st only get a $10 bonus eCard for every $30 in Cold Stone Creamery Gift Cards purchased on
  • Cream (July 21 – 22, 2019): buy one scoop, get one free
  • Dippin’ Dots (July 21, 2019 for 2 hours only – call your location to learn the hours): free mini cup of Dippin Dots
    • 30% off online orders of $50+ with code nice30
  • Godiva (July 21, 2019): Buy One, Get One 50% off Soft Serve
  • Johnny Rockets (July 21, 2019): free shake with entree purchase
  • Monkey Joe’s (July 21, 2019): children get a free ice cream cup with paid admission
    • additional prizes and giveaways throughout the day (varies by location)
  • Sonic Drive-In (every day HAPPY HOUR offer): get 1/2 price drinks and slushes from 2pm – 4pm OR anytime when ordering via app
  • Sonic Drive-In (summer 2019 after 8pm): 1/2 price shakes and $1.49 ice cream cookie sandwiches
  • Sprinkles (July 21, 2019): whipser “scoop there it is” and buy a scoop of ice cream, get one free
  • Yogurtland (July 21, 2019 from 1pm – 6pm): Buy one ice cream and get one free when you visit Yogurtland and dig into the fun with an Ice Cream Cone collectible spoon
Family Members Enjoying Ice Cream Cones

Family Members Enjoying Ice Cream Cones

These weekday offers don’t actually fall on National Ice Cream day, but you may want to enjoy them during the week:

  • Marble Slab (July 2019 weekdays, 2pm – 4pm): free small cup or cone with Majestic Shake purchase
  • Steak ‘N’ Shake (2019 weekdays 2pm – 5pm): 1/2 price shakes and drinks

And because you don’t want to leave out your best friend, check out these cool offers for dogs:

Free Doggie Sundae for Dogs for National Ice Cream Day

Free Doggie Sundae for Dogs for National Ice Cream Day

  • Brusters (every day 2019 offer!): free doggie sundae for your dog
  • PetSmart (July 20, 2019 – July 21, 2019): free four-ounce, complimentary serving of dog-safe ice cream at PetSmart stores that have PetsHotel facilities (this frozen treat is customarily offered as an add-on treat service at Doggie Day Camp and during overnight stays)

Other Times to Get Free Ice Cream

Fortunately, National Ice Cream Day isn’t the only time to score free ice cream. Some shops choose to participate in other free ice cream promotions like Free Cone Day (which falls on different dates at each store) or 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!

Haagen Dazs Free Cone Day 2020

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Baskin Robbins: usually offers “Celebrate 31” promotion on the 31st of every month for $1.70 scoops all day (event was canceled due to coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 – check the website for updates)
  • Ben & Jerry: usually offers a complimentary free mini cone annually on free cone day in April, but has suspended the program for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Bruster’s: usually offers a complimentary waffle cone to people who arrive wearing pajamas for the annual PJ Day, but the event originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 has been postponed and will be scheduled at a later date
  • Dairy Queen: originally scheduled to offer a free cone on Thursday, March 19, 2020 but program has been postponed for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Häagen-Dazs: free cone day is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday in May at participating locations #HDFreeConeDay (note this does appear to be happening in 2020)
  • Rita’s: originally scheduled to offer a free Italian Ice on the 1st day of Spring (March 19, 2020), but program has been postponed for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • TCBY: offered free first 6oz for Dad on Father’s Day on June 16 in 2019 (stay tuned for 2020 offers)
Ice Cream Sundaes with Toppings and Waffle Cones

Ice Cream Sundaes with Toppings and Waffle Cones

Finally, 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 post about Free Restaurant Sign Up Bonuses and scroll down to the bottom to see a roundup of places where you can get free Desserts & Sweets at any time of the year!


Enjoying Ice Cream at Home

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 no matter if 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 different types of ice cream makers depending on your family’s needs.

So many great models of ice cream makers!

Ice Cream Recipes

There is no shortage of recipes and videos on how to make ice cream on the internet, but sometimes there is no substitute for the real thing. Pick up one of these fantastic cookbooks and make your own recipe notes to help refine your favorites.

Ice Cream Add-Ons

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

Ice Cream Accessories

These fun items celebrate the fun spirit of ice cream.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Are you planning to take advantage of any of the freebies this year?

25 Responses

  1. Monalisha says:


    Ice Cream Day? Really this is a amazing offer!! Before today, I didn’t know about this. It would be a great offer for this hot weather. I was amazed to know that snowy (my dog)  doesn’t have to just stare at me when I eat Ice cream, he can now eat too. I am really excited for him. 

    Thanks for such a great informative article. Happy Ice Cream Day to you!!

  2. Radeet says:

    I have a dog. It made me feel good to know that my dog would be able to eat this ice cream. But with my boys, I will participate in this day. Because I have promised my kids that I will take them on Sunday for the Ice Cream Day and this is a national ice cream day.

    Thanks for sharing this type of article. Happy ice cream day!

  3. Harber says:

    After reading your post, I told all of my friends that we will enjoy Ice Cream Day next Sunday. I am ready with all those friends who agreed to observe the day. I appreciate you for posting about Ice Cream Day. Because many people do not know about this day. Hopefully, many people will know about this Ice Cream Day and will be able to enjoy this day with dear people. I would definitely like to share the post and celebrate this day.

  4. Polash says:

    It was really awesome to know about national ice cream day. I love to eat ice cream. It is very good to know that there is an ice cream day. I am preparing to celebrate this day and talk to my friends about this day. But I’ll go over the two places for dogs. But I think the ice cream day in July will enjoy many in warm temperatures.

    • Alyce says:

      The hot weather that the country is currently experiencing does make it a perfect weekend to celebrate ice cream!

  5. Hossen says:

    I’m really surprised. Because before reading your post, I did not know about icecream day. We eat ice cream many times. But I want to share this day with my friends. Since July is a perfect ice cream day, I want to spend the best with my friends. 

    thanks for your great post. 

  6. Nuttanee says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing offer! There is a Carvel store right in the corner of my place and I will be sure to take that use that promotion on the 21st. I make sure to stop by at Sonic’s as well. I need as many ice cream 🍦 in this weather. It is really hot this year and super humid as well. Wendy’s also have a $1 frosty as well not sure if they have a promotion or not. 


  7. Alex says:

    I had no idea national ice cream day was a thing. I wonder if we have that in Canada… my Son tried ice cream for the first time last night actually. He’s 16 months old and he really had a hard time going to bed after. I think it’s going to remain a grown up treat a while longer. I hope I can find a list like this for Canada! We would be out the door so fast for free treats! 

  8. Stepho says:

    This would have been a great news to me if I had not started my diet plan. However, I can still treat my family and my dog to a special promotion offer even though I cannot eat one myself. Though this is a new thing for me to discover because I never knew ice cream day existed before. It seems very cool to me though and I love special days like this. And I will also document the other special events days and would be sure to keep a lookout if the shops around is are observing those special promo days. Thanks for the info

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Stepho, It’s very considerate of you to treat your family (and dog!) even if you can’t indulge!

  9. SeunJeremiah says:

    These are the sweltering and sticky days of summer, primed for a popular food holiday and National Ice Cream Day is at the corner  which falls on Sunday, creating the chance for a weekend of sundaes, cones, milk shakes, parfaits and is going to be a promising day for my kids, Thanks for the reminder on National Ice Cream Day, I honestly did forgot.

  10. Jeff Marshall says:

    Gee, an Icecream day – how good is that!

    I live in Australia and never heard of Icecream Day. We are all big Icecream eaters Downunder and I’m surprised we don’t have such a day here.

    We’d have to hold this in December of course, being that it’s pouring down with rain at the moment but I love the concept.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jeff, hopefully you do have an Ice Cream Day in Australia… although it would definitely make more sense for it to fall during the hot Summer months!

  11. Ronald Otochi says:

    Thanks for this wonderful article. I don’t eat much ice cream but I just discovered vanilla bean. Now I know when & where to get a deal on ice cream cone. Vanilla bean here I come. Oh wait, all the places close to me offered something in April or May, bummer. I’ll be ready for it next year.

    On question i did have is, are there only 2 places offering deals for dogs? None of those places are close to me. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Ronald, those are the only 2 national places that I know of that offer ice cream treats for dogs… which is too bad because we recently had a lot of fun when we took our dog out with us to Bruster’s for an ice cream! Not only did we enjoy it, but other dog lovers nearby got a kick out of watching our dog lap up her doggy sundae. 

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  12. AmDetermined says:

    Thanks for the information towards the National ice cream day which will happen this coming Sunday, i really appreciate your post for sharing information about the places to go to on this day to be able to partake! Plus you also have information where dogs can enjoy this offer, so my dog (Daisy) also appreciates you. i will share this information because every one of your posts are always helpful.

    • Alyce says:

      Nice! We recently took our dog to Bruster’s for ice cream. It was a lot of fun for us to include the dog while out for a sweet treat!!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  13. Harry says:

    I’ve promised my kids and wife that I am going to take them out Sunday for ice cream since it’s national ice cream day…

    I am between Brusters and Carvel to tell you the truth. I decide which one we’ll visit at the last minute… Maybe we go to both but we will be eating way too much ice cream for one day 😛

    Thanks for letting me know about the deals. Happy ice cream day!

  14. Jackson kenny says:

    Thanks for such a great post…I have never heard of the ice-cream day neither did I even know that we were in ice cream month..It’s funny though lol…I just knew that as a high school kid, me and my friends always went to this store that sells very cheap ice-cream occasionally. I can very well share this with my younger sister who has become an ice-cream addict, she’ll be very pleased to check this out… Thanks again

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jackson, It seems like there are “national day” designations for just about everything you could possibly imagine including Gingersnap Day, Fried Clam Day, Dive Bar Day, and Pet Photo Day. It all seems a bit silly until there are promos to get freebies for things like ice cream! 🙂

      Hopefully you or your sister will save some cash on a sweet treat or two this time around. 

      By the way, I hope you have a wonderful National Corn Fritters Day and National Personal Chef’s Day today (Jul 16)! 😉

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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