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We all scream for free ice cream!

What's better than ice cream? Free ice cream! In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on July 15, scores freebies, get special discounts, and enter for a chance to win free ice cream for a year.
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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, Reagan cited ice cream as the perfect dessert and snack food that is enjoyed by more than 90 percent of the people of the United States. He went on to say that these events should be observed with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." We're assuming he meant free ice cream, right? Now that's a celebration!

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Check out these specials, events and giveaways happening around the country in celebration of National Ice Cream Day:

Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is running their National Ice Cream Day Twitter Sweepstakes on Sunday, July 15. Follow @BaskinRobbins on Twitter and tweet your favorite ice cream flavor using the hashtag #BRIceCream for a chance to win $260 in Baskin-Robbins gift cards. That should keep the scoops coming for the next year.

Mars National Ice Cream Day at Six Flags

Mars Ice Cream is hosting several National Ice Cream Day events at Six Flags Theme Parks on Sunday, July 15. Start your day at the park by arriving early for a chance to win one of 200 "Rise and Scream Wristbands," which gives you access to select rides before the park opens. From 4 to 5 p.m., grab a frozen treat during the Mars Ice Cream Social Hour to receive a free Midway Game Voucher for use at the park. Also, enter the Six Flags Ice Cream Funday Sweepstakes for a day of fun at one of the Six Flags Theme Parks.

Omni Hotels Ice Cream Social

On Tuesday, July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m., guests visiting Omni properties are invited to a complimentary ice cream social celebrating National Ice Cream Day. There will be a Design-Your-Own Sundae Bar with rich vanilla and chocolate flavored ice cream along with a mix of traditional and uniquely local toppings at each property. For the adults, in addition to ice cream sundaes, Omni will serve cocktail samples from their one-of-a-kind summer drink menu, The Art of Water.

Soft serve ice creamCarvel

Just want some free ice cream? Carvel is giving away free kids soft-serve ice cream cones to all guests age 12 and under on Sunday, July 15.

Dippin' Dots

For the month of July, when you buy two gallons of Dippin' Dots online, you get one free. On National Ice Cream Day Eve (Saturday, July 14), participating franchise locations are offering a free cup of the new Dippin' Dots Clusterz. A coupon is required and can be downloaded from the Dippin' Dots website.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour

Check out the third annual Farrell's Splendiferously Superiffic Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Championship Festival at their Brea, California, location on Sunday, July 15. The celebration will close streets in the Brea downtown area and includes carnival rides, games, music, giveaways and more. Additionally, 64 of Southern California's fastest ice cream eaters will be competing to see who wins the title of fastest ice cream eater.

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