Where to Get Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

Sunday is the day to save on an ice cream sundae and sweet treats.

July 19 is National Ice Cream Day and businesses across the nation are celebrating with specials, discounts, free scoops and contests.

But like many other recent food holidays including National Fry Day and Tax Day, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the day’s deals and there are fewer freebies.

According to NationalToday.com‘s 2019 ice cream day survey, 30% of the 2,000 people surveyed would eat ice cream with every meal if they could.

The day became an official food holiday in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and the month of July as National Ice Cream Month.

Reagan’s proclamation noted the ice cream industry generated $3.5 billion in annual sales.

Krispy Kreme has extended its birthday deal through Sunday for members of its rewards program. With the purchase of any dozen doughnuts, get a dozen free Original Glazed doughnuts at participating shops nationwide. To redeem this deal online, use code KKBirthdayBOGO.

And if you haven’t already had a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven this month, you can still grab one through July 31.

Ice Cream Day deals, freebies

Here are discounts and freebies available at participating locations Sunday, July 19 unless otherwise noted. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have an app or be signed up for emails.

7-Eleven: Free Slurpee Day aka 7-Eleven Day 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19, but members of the 7Rewards loyalty program can still get a free medium Slurpee through July 31 at participating locations. Learn more about the offer, which has a limit of one per account, at www.7-eleven.com/7rewards.

Baskin-Robbins: Get a free regular scoop on DoorDash orders $15 or more with promo code BASKINSCOOP. Also pay no delivery fees of orders $15 or more through July 31, no promo code needed.

Bruster’s Real Ice CreamGet double Sweet Rewards points through Sunday. Register for the Sweet Rewards loyalty program at www.brusterssweetrewards.com.

Burger King: Find several offers on the BK app including two Oreo cookie shakes for $5. Learn more at www.bk.com/offers.

Carvel: Get $1 off any size soft serve cup or cone of Vanilla Bourbon Toffee Sunday. This deal is available “in-shoppe only” and no coupon is needed, the company announced on Twitter.

CheckersGet free fries for joining the chain’s text messaging program. Text SNACK to 88001 to sign up or sign up online at www.checkers.com/flavorhood.

Cold Stone CreameryThrough July 23, get a buy-one-get-one free Creation when you purchase a Creation online with a promo code. To get this deal, place an order online, log into your My Cold Stone Club Rewards account at check out and enter the code ICECREAM. Sign up to be a member at www.coldstonecreamery.com/mycsc.

CoolhausGet free Coolhaus ice cream at Publix with a digital coupon, while supplies last. Find Publix digital coupons at www.publix.com/savings/digital-coupons and select the offer. Must have a Club Publix account to activate the coupon, which has a maximum value of $5.99. Only one coupon per Club Publix card account. Coupon expires on August 1.

Cumberland FarmsText the word SCOOPS to 64827 to receive $1 off any pint of Ultimate Scoops Sunday through Tuesday, July 21. Existing members of the text database will automatically receive the coupon Sunday.

Dairy QueenGet a $1 off Dipped Cones Sunday through the chain’s mobile app Sunday. The deal excludes kids cones.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Get a free ice cream cone with purchase of any entrée Sunday.

DoorDashThe on-demand delivery company has several deals at convenience retailers through Sunday with code ICECREAM5OFF. Participating retailers include: CVS, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, Wawa, Casey’s, Hasty Market, Circle K, Everyday Essentials Corner Store, GetGo, Speedway, Market On Demand, Royal Farms, Holiday Stationstore, Fast Mart, ExtraMile, Fresh Thyme and Smart & Final.

Fresh Market: The grocery store chain has select varieties of Graeter’s Ice Cream on sale for $4.99 and pints of Coolhaus are on sale for two for $8.

Friendly’s: In celebration of its 85th birthday and National Ice Cream Day, Friendly’s is offering 85 cent cones Saturday and Sunday to members of its BFF club. Sign up for the club at www.friendlysrestaurants.com.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Kelly Tyko