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

July is National Ice Cream Month, giving you an excuse to eat ice cream every day.

National Ice Cream Month Deals 2021
Photo courtesy of Rori's Artisanal Creamery
Photo courtesy of Rori's Artisanal Creamery

It's hot out. It's really hot out. You don't need an excuse to indulge in a cold treat. 

If you feel like you do need an excuse, the food holiday deities have gifted you an entire month of ice cream-based celebration. July is National Ice Cream Month. (Also, July 18 is National Ice Cream Day.) So, there's a free reason to celebrate the frozen dairy treat. Additionally, there are discounts on ice cream and a few freebies out there for you to enjoy. You'll find deals at Milk Bar, Whole Foods, Friendly's, and other restaurants and stores throughout the month.

To make sure you're fully stocked, we've got the scoop on all of the best ice cream deals available throughout July. Check back often. This list will be updated regularly with new deals as they kick-off. 

Free Ice Cream During National Ice Cream Month

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

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

7-Eleven
The deal
: Ok. It's not ice cream, but it is a cold treat. 7-Eleven 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: Through July 31

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

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

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

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Ice Cream Deals During National Ice Cream Month

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

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

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

7-Eleven
The deal:
So, we're going to include some other treats here in case you get burned out on ice cream in July. 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

McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
The deal:
Get 20% off any online purchase.
When: Through July 19

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

national ice cream month deals 2021
Photo courtesy of ReThink Ice Cream

Local Deals During National Ice Cream Month

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 Available During National Ice Cream Month

Subway
The deal:
Subway's doing a major overhaul of its menu. To celebrate, its giving out one million free sandwiches (50 per location).
When: July 13, 10am to noon

Arby's
The deal:
Get a Kids Meal for a dollar with the purchase of a regular meal. 
When: A limited time

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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