National Ice Cream Day🍦

Category: Food
National Ice Cream Day around the world in 2023
Image from Pixabay. CC0

About National Ice Cream Day

How long until National Ice Cream Day?
National Ice Cream Day .
Dates of National Ice Cream Day
2024 Various Jul 21
InternationalSun, Jul 21Observances Holiday
USASun, Jul 21Observances Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jul 21Observances Holiday
2023 Various Jul 16
InternationalSun, Jul 16Observances Holiday
USASun, Jul 16Observances Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jul 16Observances Holiday
2022 Various Jul 17
InternationalSun, Jul 17Observances Holiday
USASun, Jul 17Observances Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jul 17Observances Holiday
2021 Various Jul 18
InternationalSun, Jul 18Observances Holiday
USASun, Jul 18Observances Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jul 18Observances Holiday
2020 Various Jul 19
InternationalSun, Jul 19Observances Holiday
USASun, Jul 19Observances Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jul 19Observances Holiday
Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Ice Cream Day
Where is National Ice Cream Day observed in 2023?
USAJul 16

Celebrated on the third Sunday of July, National Ice Cream Day originated in 1984 as Ice Cream Month. The 31-day nod to the popular treat came by way of a joint resolution in Congress. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law by proclamation in 1984.

The proclamation (No. 5219) declared ice cream "a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over 90 percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.”

The Scoop on Ice Cream History

The Persian Empire was known to put snow in a bowl, pour concentrated grape juice over it, and eat it as a treat thousands of years ago. They would climb to mountain tops and harvest the snow from their peaks in the summertime. They would then keep the snow in underground chambers, known as a yachal, to keep it cold from the earth.

Around 697 AD, the Chinese in the Tang Dynasty took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. Although the invention of ice cream dates thousands of years back, many culinary businesses give credit to Antonio Latini from Naples, Italy, who created a milk-based sorbet in the 17th century.

In the U.S., the first ice cream shops were opened by the Quaker Colonists, who brought their ice recipes with them to the new world.

Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson were among those who enjoyed the treat. It is known that in 1813, First Lady Dolley Maddison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.

In 1832, African American confectioner Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes and a superior technique to manufacture ice cream. And in 1843, the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer was granted to Philadelphian Nancy Johnson.

There are many different flavors and varieties of ice cream. In the south, the most popular is Butter Pecan. The most common flavors sold to date are vanilla and chocolate. The best place in Union Springs to get hand-dipped ice cream is at the Marathon gas station.

  • Did you know? Thomas Jefferson's recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. His original recipe is housed in the Library of Congress.
  • Did you know? Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the scientific term for the brain-freeze you experience after eating ice cream.

Similar Observances

Read more about Okroshka Day

Okroshka Day 🥣

Okroshka Day: Celebrating the Refreshing Flavors of Russian Tradition on May 30th

Read More
Read more about World Milk Day

World Milk Day 🥛

Find out the dates, history and traditions of World Milk Day

Read More
Read more about National Mango Day

National Mango Day 🥭

Mangos are in-season all year long making it a fruit that can be celebrated every day, not just today!

Read More
Read more about World Coconut Day

World Coconut Day 🥥

Who isn't coconuts about this versatile plant?

Read More

Other Observances on July 16th 2023

Read more about World Snake Day

World Snake Day

Let the scales fall from your eyes with these fang-tastic snake joke and facts.

Read More
Read more about National Corn Fritters Day

National Corn Fritters Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Corn Fritters Day

Read More
Read more about National Personal Chef’s Day

National Personal Chef’s Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Personal Chef’s Day

Read More
All events on July 16th 2023