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National Ice Cream Day 2019: Where to get free ice cream and more deals

Published Jul 21st, 2019 10:00AM EDT
National Ice Cream Day 2019

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That’s right, boys and girls, it’s July 21st which means that today is National Ice Cream Day 2019! It also happens to be National Junk Food Day 2019! Wait, umm, what? Yeah, we have no idea where all of these ridiculous holidays came from, but the bottom line is that all holidays are ridiculous and made up. At least National Ice Cream Day isn’t some Hallmark holiday that’s going to cost us all a bunch of money for no good reason. In fact, National Ice Cream Day is pretty much the exact opposite of silly Hallmark holidays. Instead of having to spend money on gifts, we get free ice cream!

As is the case with all of these delightful holidays that no one has ever heard of, rounded up all the best freebies and deals from across the nation. You’ll find deals for free ice cream, discounted ice cream, and more. In fact, one chain is even offering 99¢ corn dogs because… why not!? You’ll find the full list of National Ice Cream Day and National Junk Food Day 2019 deals below, and be sure to check with smaller local shops to see if they have anything in store.

Baskin-Robbins: Get two pre-packed quarts of ice cream for $7.99 total all day long on July 21. This includes the Stranger-Things inspired U.S.S. Butterscotch flavor. Plus, use code FREESCOOP when making a delivery order via Doordash to get a free scoop of ice cream with your purchase of $10 or more.

Bruster’s: Any day (not just National Ice Cream Day), kids under 40 inches tall get a free baby cone. Plus, Rewards members get double points on July 21.

Carvel: Buy one soft-serve cone or cup, get one free on July 21.

Cream: Buy any scoop of ice cream, get a second scoop free on July 21 and 22.

Creamistry: This chain serves liquid nitrogen ice cream and is offering loyalty members one free Ruby Cacao ice cream with any purchase of greater or equal value on National Ice Cream Day.

Culver’s: Get a free scoop of custard with the purchase of a value basket at participating locations with this coupon.

Dippin’ Dots: Participating locations will give away free mini cups during a two-hour window. Check with your local store to find out when. See details.

Instacart: Through July 28, order $15 worth of select Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Talenti, Haagen-Dazs, Edy’s, Dreyer’s and Outshine from Instacart, and get $5 off your order or unlock free delivery.

Jack in the Box: Use this printable coupon to get two free tacos with a purchase.

Johnny Rocket’s: Get a free milkshake with the purchase of an entree on July 21. See a list of participating locations.

Krispy Kreme: Krispy Kreme is celebrating its birthday until July 21, with a special Birthday Batter Doughnut. It’s filled with birthday cake batter, dipped in strawberry icing and topped with party sprinkles. Find it at participating locations.

LongHorn Steakhouse: For a limited time, enjoy Steak & Bourbon ice cream for $3.99 at participating locations. This sweet and savory dish features bits of steak and bourbon caramel. See details.

MaggieMoo’s: Get a free small cone or cup all month long when you purchase a Majestic Shake during Happy Hour (2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays).

Marble Slab: Purchase a Majestic Shake during Happy Hour (2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays) all month long, and get a free small cup or cone.

Monkey Joe’s: Each child will receive one free ice cream cup per paid admission while supplies last. Not to be combined with other offers.

Petsmart: Bring your dog in on July 20 or 21 and receive a free doggie ice cream topped with dog biscuits at PetSmart Petshotel locations. No booking required.

Sonic: Enjoy Sonic Nights on July 21 and all summer long. This promo gets you half-price shakes and ice cream cookie sandwiches for $1.49 each every night after 8 p.m.

Taco Bell: Nacho Fries are back for a limited time. These are french fries with Mexican seasoning, served with a side of warm nacho cheese.

Wendy’s: Buy the Frosty Key Tag for $2. It entitles you to a free Jr. Frosty with every purchase at participating locations until Dec. 31.

White Castle: Get 12 Chicken Rings for $2.99 for a limited time.

Whole Foods: Through July 30, get 35% off ice cream and frozen novelties. This offer is exclusively for Amazon Prime members in select ZIP codes.

Wienerschnitzel: Use this printable coupon to get 99-cent corn dogs.

Yogurtland: On July 21, buy one ice cream, get one free from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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