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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Month

There's a damn fine reason to celebrate every day.

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Social distancing is going to play a big part in the summer, making it quite different from pretty much every other summer when the only social distancing taking place was when someone was just too close on a hot day. But the need for masks and a little space can't eradicate our love of ice cream on a hot day. 

National Ice Cream Month, which culminates with National Ice Cream Day, lands on the month of July, and it's not hard to see why. You could make the argument that the month when you most want ice cream is "all of them" or you could argue that it's a three-way tie between June, July, and August. However you rank the months, it's clear that July is a good time to be wolfing down ice cream by the double scoop. Fortunately, there are many ice cream purveyors offering up good deals to keep you in ice cream all month long. You'll find offers from Baskin-Robbins, Carvel, Sonic, Ben & Jerry's, and many other lovely places you'll want to visit multiple times as the temperatures rise into unspeakable numbers. 

Here are the best deals you'll find for National Ice Cream Month.  

Free Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Month

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: Download the Baskin-Robbins app for the first time to get a free regular-sized scoop as an in-app offer. 
When: Ongoing

Baskin-Robbins
The deal:
Grab a free regular scoop of ice cream when you place an order of at least $15 through DoorDash. Use the code "BASKINSCOOP."
When: July 19

Coolhaus
The deal
: There will be 20,000 "One Free Item Coupons" that can be redeemed at Publix grocery stores starting July 18. They're first-come, first-serve and available at the link above. 
When: July 18-19

Cold Stone Creamery
The deal:
Get a free Creation when you buy one online through your My Cold Stone Club Rewards account using the code "ICECREAM."
When: Through July 23

Sensodyne
The deal:
Yeah, the toothpaste people. They're hooking up a whole lot of people with free ice cream. Tweet #SensodyneSundae, #giveaway, and the ice cream emoji to get a pint of ice cream, an ice cream bowl, sundae toppings, and, of course, some Sensodyne toothpaste. Unfortunately, you can only get this if you're ordering in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
When: July 19 at noon EST

Ice Cream Deals for National Ice Cream Month

Sonic Drive-In
The deal:
The chain's new Lemonberry Slush Float is out. You can get a medium for just $2.99. 
When: Through August 2

Dairy Queen
The deal:
Take $1 off any size Dipped Cone (with the exception of kid cones) for National Ice Cream Day. 
When: July 19

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: I
f you order at least $15 of ice cream through DoorDash, you'll get a $0 delivery fee. Happy Ice Cream Month to you.
When: Through July 31

Burger King
The deal
: Nab a $1 mini shake at the drive-thru. 
When: Only for a little while

Whole Foods
The deal:
Trim 35% off ice cream and frozen treats if you're a Prime Member. 
When: July 19

goPuff
The deal:
Get any two pints of Ben & Jerry's or Talenti ice cream for $6. 
When: July 19

Godiva
The deal:
At reopened locations, you can get buy-one-get-one-50% off on soft serve and sundaes. 
When: July 19

Cumberland Farms
The deal:
Text "SCOOPS" to 64827 to get a dollar off a pint of Ultimate Scoops at Cumberland Farms.
When: July 19-21

Alden's Ice Cream
The deal:
The organic ice cream company has posted a coupon that gets you $1 off any Alden's Organic product at a retail location. 
When: Through July 28

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Get BOGO Monster'wiches, the cookie chain's new ice cream sandwiches. 
When: July 19

Bubbies Ice Cream
The deal:
Go to Whole Foods for some Bubbies. You'll find it's 35% off on National Ice Cream Day. 
When: July 19

Coconut Bliss
The deal:
The plant-based ice cream company will give you 15% off your online order (minimum of three items) with the code "BLISSDAY15."
When: July 17-19

Cosmik
The deal:
The organic space ice cream company is offering NYC and national delivery. You can trim 20% off your order with the code "ICECREAMDAY."
When: Through July 31

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and Carvel will throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab Creamery
The deal: 
When you join the excellently named Slab Happy Rewards, you get a $5 reward after making your first purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Ripple
The deal:
The vegan ice cream company is offering buy-one-get-one-50% off on four-packs and six-packs of its ice cream pints. 
When: July 19

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
The deal: 
If you order at least four pints of ice cream, you can get free delivery when you order through the Jeni's website. Orders through Postmates will not get the same deal.
When: Ongoing

Hudsonville Ice Cream
The deal:
Place an order for ice cream online and use the code "FREESPADE" to get a free ice cream spade. 
When: Through July 19

Yogurtland
The deal:
Real Rewards members will get double points on any takeout order. 
When: July 19

Pressed Juicery
The deal:
Take 50% off Freeze and Frozen mini cups all day. 
When: July 19

Instacart
The deal:
Buy any single-serve So Delicious ice cream at a grocery store through Instacart to get $1 off when you buy one or $1.50 off when you buy two.
When: Through September 27

Local Deals for National Ice Cream Month

L'Arte del Gelato - New York City, New York
The deal:
Get a BOGO deal on cups and cones at its location in the Chelsea Market. It's open for in-store pickup or delivery of pints. 
When: July 19

FM Kitchen & Bar - Houston, Texas
The deal:
Get a Mexican Coke, Fanta or Saint Arnold Root Beer Float to go for $6. 
When: Ongoing

Fornino - Brooklyn, New York
The deal:
Get free toppings at the Brooklyn Bridge Park location on your order of Blue Marble organic soft-serve ice cream.
When: July 19

New Territories NY - New York City, New York
The deal:
In partnership with Stuffed Puffs, New Territories is offering a completely free scoop of Stuffed Puffs Ice Cream. It comes with graham cracker ice cream, chocolate and brownie bites, and a Stuffed Puff swirl. (It's free until close or until they run out of ice cream.)
When: July 19, noon-6pm

Venchi - New York City, New York
The deal:
Celebrate Ice Cream Day with a free scoop from noon to 2pm. Or you can take advantage of a BOGO offer all day. Just let them know you know the secret password "ICEDREAM."
When: July 19

Other Deals on Treats During National Ice Cream Month

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays when you buy a meal.
When: Every Wednesday

Cotton Blues Cheesecake
The deal:
Known for Southern-style cheesecake, you can get free delivery when you get some through Goldbelly
When: Through July 30

Drizly
The deal:
You choose between $5 off an order or free delivery, as long as you're a new user. Use the code "TEQUILADAY5."
When: July 20-25

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
The deal:
 Join the Premier Rewards Plus program, and they'll hook you up with a free Pizookie. (That's a deep-dish-inspired cookie if it wasn't immediately clear from the weird portmanteau.)
When: Ongoing

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. 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.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.