Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. This year it lands on Sunday, July 17th. Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation’s population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” So here’s what’s happening:

New Flavors

Ice cream chains Ben & Jerry’s and Cold Stone are bringing out new flavors to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

A Special Scoop

Through Wednesday, July 20 at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in Capitol Hill and Wallingford, you can enjoy a delicious treat called the “Lovers of the Fair Sundae.” It has slices of shortcake, topped with vanilla bean ice cream, fresh strawberries, cold strawberry compote and whipped cream. The flavor is inspired by a concessionaire at the 1962 World’s Fair, (what the Space Needle was built for, by the way). The man supposedly met his wife over a piece of strawberry shortcake. They got married at the Fair later that year.  A love story befitting a Molly Moon’s original.

A Two Fer One Deal, Twice

Join Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Fan Club and get TWO Buy One, Get One Free Blizzard Treat coupons in July!

An Ice Cream Cruise

The Sunday Ice Cream Cruise will depart on the hour 11:00am through 4:00pm from Lake Union Park every Sunday afternoon! This is a 45-50 minute tour of the Lake Union floating homes, a peek at Dale Chihuly’s studio, Gas Works Park and the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. The tour includes a humorous narration of old Seattle and some funky background music. Adults $11, Seniors $10, Kids 5-13 $7, under 5 $2. Pets OK. Walk-on only, tickets available on boarding, cash or check only. Ice cream treats, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks, $2 to $4. Sundays at Historic Ships Wharf, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit

Ice Cream by the 16-Pack

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Baskin-Robbins has introduced new Mini Cones nationwide. These uniquely sized portable ice cream cones are satisfying treats that add extra fun to special celebrations or everyday occasions. Ice cream fans can purchase a pack of 16 customizable Mini Cones at any Baskin-Robbins location for only $9.99.

Bluebird Celebration

In honor of its second year to be running in Seattle, Bluebird Microcreamery has made a special Birthday Cake flavor this month. And they are getting ready to open two new stores – one in Fremont – 3515 Fremont Ave. N – (which will include a tea room) and one at 7400 Greenwood Ave. N, which will include a brewery. They carry a variety of vegan flavors, and for those over 21, you can ask for a Beer Float at the Capitol Hill location – 1205 E Pike St. Suite 1A, Seattle, WA 98122.

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