Do you scream for ice cream? Who doesn't love to enjoy some of the creamy goodness on a hot summer day? It's a treat enjoyed all around the world and it's something that people love to celebrate. And why not? Because today, (July 15) marks National Ice Cream Day.

It is similar to Chocolate Ice Cream Day, which took place in June. Ice cream surely has to be one of the most signature desserts known to man, with so many different flavors and toppings that can be added. There is so much variety when it comes to eating the dessert.

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, there are many deals to get the dessert at a discount, but also well-known chains/restaurants offering it for free. Below are some of the deals and some fun facts on how the day came to be.

A special day filled with discounts

Today is Sunday Funday, and it is illustrated by a day full of ice cream. There are many places that are giving special deals for the occasion, as an article by Time breaks down all the chains with special deals. Famous chain Baskin-Robbins will be having a "buy-one-get-one-free cones, $2 off medium milkshakes, and a $.99 sundae when you buy one at regular price."

Carvel will also allow customers to get a free cup or cone of soft-serve in any size if you purchase an item at regular price.

Whole Foods will be offering "two pints of Ben & Jerry's or Talenti ice cream for $6." Individuals who hold an Amazon Prime membership can also get some sweet deals.

Yogurtland, in a time frame of 1 PM to 6 PM, will allow consumers to get a free order of the dessert after they purchase one at regular price. There will even be a deal available for pets, as PetSmart will be giving it away to dogs at no charge today. Another place called Your Pie gave free gelato to all customers with no purchase required. Cumberland Farms and 16 Handles will give people deals through their smartphones.

Where to get it free, a rich history

Some places will be allowing consumers to get the dessert for free. For example, popular chain Dairy Queen, according to Fortune, will be offering one free small Blizzard to anyone that downloads and registers with the DQ app. A place called Dippin' Dots was also offering free mini cups for two hours today (July 15).

And the world really does run on this one dessert. People spend a lot of money on it. According to Fortune, "the ice cream industry contributes $39 billion to the national economy and creates more than 188,000 jobs nationwide." A fun fact, according to the article, is that Ronald Reagan was the president that made "the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day." Will you be getting the dessert today?

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