Nationwide Ice Cream Day Offers 2021: The place to Get Free Ice Cream Right this moment

National Ice Cream Day has arrived, and there’s no better day to be in the mood to cool off.

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It’s going to be a good day. July 18 is National Ice Cream Day. 

If you follow along with national food holidays, you probably know the drill. If not, you’re about to enter a world of free and discounted ice cream. Every National Ice Cream Day, loads of ice cream shops and restaurants dole out the good stuff on the cheap to celebrate (and bring you through their doors). Whether you’re trying to hit up your favorite local spot or just want to grab a quick hit of soft serve, we can help you track down the best deals at places like Dairy Queen, Whole Foods, Friendly’s, and other shops. 

Here are the best deals you’re going to find on National Ice Cream Day. 

Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

Friendly’s
The deal:
Join the Friendly’s Sweet Rewards Club and you’ll get a free medium sundae.
When: Ongoing

16 Handles
The deal:
Get three free ounces of soft serve with toppings when you scan the 16 Handles app in-store. 
When: July 18

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Get a free scoop of ice cream with any purchase (no minimum at all) when you use the code “ICECREAMDAY.”
When: Through July 18

Friendly’s
The deal:
Get a free medium Fribble if you’re a member of the Sweet Rewards member program. 
When: July 18

Blue Bunny
The deal
: The ice cream company is opening $1,000 tabs at local ice cream parlors across the country to encourage people to swing by their local shop. Check the Blue Bunny site on Ice Cream Day to see which shops have open tabs and then head to your local favorite for a scoop on Blue Bunny. 
When: July 18

The Ice Cream Shop on DoorDash
The deal:
Get a free pint of ice cream on orders of at least $20. Use the code “ICECREAM.”
When: July 18

Your Pie
The deal:
The pizza shop will be offering a free scoop of gelato through its mobile app. 
When: July 18

7-Eleven
The deal:
It’s celebrating its birthday all month by dropping a free small Slurpee into every 7Rewards account in July. Sign up anytime, and you’ll be gifted a free Slurpee redeemable throughout the month. 
When: July 1-31

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Ice Cream Deals on National Ice Cream Day

Dairy Queen
The deal:
Take $1 off any Dipped Cone through the DQ mobile app. 
When: July 18

Whole Foods
The deal:
Get 35% off all ice cream and frozen treats from Milk Bar to Jeni’s and more. If you’re a Prime member, you’ll get an additional 10% off. 
When: Through July 20

GoPuff
The deal:
Get two Ben and Jerry’s or Talenti pints for $8. You can also take 25% off a six-pack of Good Humor treats. 
When: Through July 18

7-Eleven
The deal:
It’s not ice cream, but a Slurpee could be considered a distant cousin. Use the 7Rewards app to get a $1 small Slurpee or a $1 grill item like the Cheeseburger Bites, eggrolls, or Buffalo Chicken Rollers. 
When: Through July 31

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Get a Monster’wich (an ice cream sandwich with Insomnia cookies) or a Monster Cookie Sundae for $5. 
When: Through July 31

Instacart
The deal
: Spend $20 on Dreyer’s ice cream products and get $5 off your order or free delivery. 
When: Through July 31

ReThink
The deal:
The ice cream company is offering a buy-six-get-two free deal on its website. 
When: Through July 31

Yogurtland
The deal:
If you’re a Real Rewards member, you’ll get triple points on National Ice Cream Day. 
When: July 18

Yasso
The deal:
Get free shipping on any order of the Greek frozen yogurt dessert snacks. 
When: Through July 31

Salt & Straw
The deal:
Get free shipping on Salt & Straw’s ice cream. 
When: July 18

Carvel
The deal:
Buy one of Carvel’s new Churro-inspired ice cream treats and get a card with a “surprise offer” for something else at Carvel. 
When: July 18

Pressed Juicery
The deal:
Get a size-1 plant-based soft serve with up to three toppings for $2. 
When: July 18

Marco Sweets & Spices
The deal:
Take 20% off ice cream orders at the Marco’s site with the code “JULY20.”
When: Through July 20

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Local Deals on National Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream Jubilee – Washington, DC
The deal:
Get a free scoop from Ice Cream Jubilee at The Yard when you pledge to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll have to register your pledge by July 17 at the linked site, though.
When: July 18, 1-3 pm

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. – Brooklyn, New York
The deal:
The first 50 people in line at the Chestnut Hill and Domino Park locations will get a scoop on the house. 
When: July 18

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery – Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Montecito, Carpinteria, and Camarillo, California
The deal:
Buy a scoop of ice cream and get a second scoop for a child for free. 
When: July 18, hours will vary by location

Other Deals on National Ice Cream Day

Chili’s
The deal:
July’s Margarita of the Month is the Captain’s Stay-Cay ‘Rita with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and Lunazul Tequila. It’ll run you just $5.
When: Through July 31

Smashburger
The deal:
Get a $3 Sam Adams, Blue Moon, White Claw, or Coors with any purchase. 
When: Through August 29

Dunkin’
The deal:
Grab a medium iced or hot Sunrise Batch Coffee for $2. 
When: Through July 20

Cracker Barrel
The deal:
Take 10% off online orders with the code “ONLINE10.” You have to order through the Cracker Barrel site to get the discount. 
When: Through July 31

Want more food deals?

Here’s our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersfood delivery offersalcohol delivery deals, and perks for getting your vaccination against COVID-19. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You’re welcome.

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