Here's Where You Can Get Free Ice Cream in NYC for National Ice Cream Day

In case you needed another reason to eat obscene amounts of ice cream this summer, July 16 is National Ice Cream Day, and you know what that means: free ice cream, y'all. Joining a whole bunch of national chains, a slew of local vendors around the city (including a few or our faves) will be celebrating by doling out gratis scoops and running special promotions, so it may be wise to slip into a pair of drawstring shorts before you head out.

Here's where to hit, and when:

Local free ice cream deals

Magnum Ice Cream
The deal: Magnum's Meatpacking pop-up is offering a BOGO deal on their decadent customizable ice cream bars. Stop by and get two for the price of one when you check in on social media using the hashtag #MagnumNYC.
When: July 16
Where: 875 Washington Street

The deal: For one hour only, you can score free ice cream in a Hong Kong-style egg waffle. After that, they're $5 for the rest of the day.
When: July 16, 12pm to 1pm; discount the rest of the day
Where: 309 E Houston Street

The deal: Hit up the burger spot's Seventh Avenue location for a free mini cone of locally sourced vanilla or chocolate soft serve.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday in July
Where: 180 Seventh Avenue

The deal: Stop by the OddFellows carnival-themed pop-up next to Chefs Club Counter in Nolita for a chance to score a free cone of soft serve. They're giving away just 25 of 'em, so get there early.
When: July 16 (doors open at noon)
Where: 62 Spring Street

Häagen-Dazs at the Museum of Food and Drink
The deal: Visitors to Brooklyn's MOFAD get free cups of Häagen-Dazs while supplies last (you have to pay admission, though).
When: July 15 and July 16
Where: 62 Bayard Street in Brooklyn

16 Handles
The deal: Score a free 4-ounce cup of soft serve from any one of the DIY fro-yo spots when you show the cashier your 16 Handles app. You get your pick of Classic Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, or the limited edition Strawberry Shortcake.
When: July 16
Where: Participating 16 Handles locations

Blue Bunny
The deal: Score a free frozen treat from Blue Bunny Ice Cream when you stop by their "Game of Cones" popup, which features a towering 7-foot 2-inch throne constructed entirely from ice cream cones where you can sit and snap a selfie.
When: July 14, 10am to 12pm 
Where: Grand Screen Plaza, 851 Sixth Avenue

Blue Marble
The deal: Friday through Monday at their flagship, you'll get a free pint of butter pecan when you spend $10 or more, and on Monday they're handing out free mini scoops to the first 100 customers. On Saturday from noon to 4pm, they'll be serving up samples outside the Whole Foods in Gowanus, and on Sunday, they'll be doing the same at the Tribeca location. On Sunday, they're also offering a "top-secret deal" at Whole Foods in Tribeca, which you'll have to ask the scoopers about. 
When: July 14-17
Where: Blue Marble's Flagship (186 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn); Whole Foods Gowanus (214 3rd Street, Brooklyn); Whole Foods Tribeca (270 Greenwich Street)

National ice cream deals

The deal: Get a free cone of vanilla soft serve at any Mickey D's when you download its app and redeem the Free Vanilla Cone offer, which automatically enters you into a giveaway sweepstakes to win free cones for life.
When: July 16; sweepstakes between 2pm and 5pm
Where: Participating locations

The deal: The ice cream cake chain will give you a free cup or cone of vanilla, chocolate, or Oreo soft serve when you buy one. 
When: July 16
Where: Participating locations

The deal: Stop in and get a free sample of the chain's new Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza. The scoop purveyor also promises additional deals on National Ice Cream Day if you download its mobile app.
When: July 14, noon to 5pm; July 16
Where: Participating locations

Whole Foods
The deal: All pints of Ben & Jerry's are two for $6, and there are also in-store "Sundae Funday" samplings throughout the day.
When: July 16
Where: Participating locations

The deal: Your dog can get in on ice cream treats, too. The pet retailer is handing out free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes -- dog-safe vanilla ice cream topped with a dob biscuit sprinkle -- at its PetSmart PetsHotel locations nationwide.
When: July 16
Where: Participating locations

Other ice cream deals

The deal: The LES ice cream shop teamed up with the real estate site Streeteasy on a new flavor they're calling Brownstone Crunch (it's salted chocolate pretzel ice cream with whipped cream, fudge and caramel), and anyone who donates $1 in-store to the charity Women In Need gets a free scoop.
When: July 15 and July 16
Where: 2 Rivington Street

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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist. Follow him @jwmcgauley.