Surprising to some, President Ronald Reagan is the person to thank for designating the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He wanted to commemorate a treat enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population and produced by 10% of the nation’s milk supply. In fact, Americans consume more ice cream than any other nation in the world. When Reagan’s proclamation was officially signed into law, he also called on the U.S. people to pay tribute to ice-cream with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Since then, it’s been one of the most coveted holidays that sparked a tasty tradition celebrated year after year. Get out your scoopers, because it’s time to delight in some ice cream—according to Reagan, it’s your civic duty.
Why We Love National Ice Cream Day
A. There's an Endless Amount of Flavors
Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Rainbow Sherbet... oh my! No matter what you like, there’s an ice cream flavor out there for everyone. From mango sorbet to earl grey and everything in between, almost anything you can possibly imagine has a flavor out there. Bacon ice cream, anyone?
B. It's Good All Year Round
Ice cream is the perfect dessert for any season. Cool off in the summer with a scoop of your favorite flavor or enjoy it in the winter accompanied by a warm piece of pie. No matter the season, ice cream never disappoints.
C. It's One of the Longest Lasting Desserts
For all of those self-proclaimed ice cream lovers, it might be easy to finish an entire carton in one sitting. For those days where it's just too great a feat, ice cream wins. Simply throw your unfinished ice cream in the freezer—it can last weeks or even months and still be enjoyed over and over again.
How to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day
1. Make Your Own Ice Cream At Home
Homemade ice cream is one of the simplest yet most rewarding desserts to make. You can throw in chunks of your favorite candy bar, fresh fruit, or a swirl of your favorite cookie dough. The combinations are endless and so incredibly delicious that they'll make you rethink that store-bought pint.
2. Snag an Ice Cream Freebie
Millions will scoop up ice cream deals during this beloved holiday. Head to your favorite ice cream shop or check online for the sweetest deals and discounts near you. Free ice cream? Sign me up!
3. Decorate Your Own Ice Cream Bowl
Commemorate this special day by immortalizing your love for ice cream into your new favorite bowl. Head to your local ceramics place and make it your own DIY project to create a bowl you can devour ice cream in for years and years to come.