You're in for a sweet surprise this Sunday.

By Michelle Darrisaw
July 10, 2017
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Remember that classic line from the chorus of the college song, "Ice Cream?": I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Well, if that popular lyric still rings true, we'll all be making a lot of noise on Sunday, July 16, for National Ice Cream Day.

In celebration of the month-long holiday, which, by the way, we have President Ronald Reagan to thank for, select chains and parlors across the country will be giving away deliciously cool scoops and freebies on July 16, and throughout the entire month of July. What better way to beat the heat than with this refreshing and creamy frozen dessert? And the best part? Most of these deals won't cost you a penny.

If you can't imagine summer without your favorite ice cream dripping down the cone, we've got the details on how and where you can satisfy your sweet tooth with some soft-serve treats. Just indulge responsibly.


To commemorate their new vanilla ice cream recipe, which is void of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, the fast food giant is giving away free cones to all customers—no purchase necessary. Get your ice cream fix by downloading the McDonald's mobile app by Sunday, and then check out the offer under "My Deals." The deal is available at the drive-thru or inside participating McDonald's locations between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Oh, and we should mention that the one lucky customer who receives their vanilla swirl in a gold cone (yes, real gold) will be treated to a lifetime supply of free ice cream every time he or she visits Mickey D's. Now that's a sweet deal!


Purchase one ice cream cone or cup, and get the second one (of any size) free on July 16. Vanilla, chocolate, and Oreo flavors are all up for grabs!

Cold Stone Creamery

By joining the eClub, you'll receive a BOGO Free ice cream coupon to use this Sunday.

Dippin' Dots

One free mini cup coming right up! Times vary by location, so call ahead for more details.


We couldn't forget about your furry friend, especially during the dog days of summer. Just before the holiday, PetSmart is hosting pop-up ice-cream socials for dogs and their owners on Wednesday, July 12. Unfortunately, the only place in the South where you can find these ice cream trucks is in Dallas, Texas. But you can also visit any PetSmart PetsHotel locations on July 16, and Fido will receive a free, tail-wag worthy Doggie Ice Cream Sundae, topped with dog biscuit sprinkles.

Dairy Queen

Blizzard Fan Club members will be treated to an ice cream coupon for a BOGO Free Blizzard to redeem on National Ice Cream Day.


Download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, and you'll receive exclusive offers on National Ice Cream Day. Can't wait until Sunday? Lucky for you, Baskin-Robbins is giving its guests free samples of their Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza on Friday, July 14, from noon to 5:00 p.m. And the sweet deals just keep on coming for the colorful parlor during the month of July. Customers can also purchase regular and kid-friendly scoops for just $1.50 on Monday, July 31.

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Be sure to call ahead to make sure these deals are valid, as they may vary by location. And check back with us for more sweet offers as they are announced.