6 shops to visit for free scoops on National Ice Cream Day

From free scoops to special flavors, here are the NoVA ice cream shops offering specials.

Carvel cones. (Photo courtesy of Carvel)

Here’s the scoop: July is National Ice Cream Month, with National Ice Cream Day falling on July 21. 

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, Americans consume an average of about 23 gallons of ice cream each year, reaching its peak in the summer season. This July, whether you live in Arlington or Prince William County, here’s where to find ice cream deals to celebrate.

Dairy Queen
Throughout July
For a 31-day period, DQ has created a rare concoction: the Sour Patch Kids blizzard of the month, which is a combination of the company’s Sour Patch Kids Blitz and the Sour Patch Kids redberry soft serve. // Locations vary; $2.89-$4.69

Whole Foods’ Prime Day Deals
Through July 16
For one week only, Amazon Prime members will receive specials at any local Whole Foods, including crazy discounts on some of the store’s ice cream products. In addition to 50% off of the self-serve mochi ice cream bars, customers can buy two pints of any Ben & Jerry’s and Talenti pints for just $6. // Locations vary; prices vary

Cold Stone Creamery
Sunday, July 21
On National Ice Cream Day, head over to your local Cold Stone Creamery for a buy-one-get-one-free deal. Here’s the catch: you have to sign up for the My Cold Stone Rewards by July 20 to participate in the festivities. Once signed up, feel free to indulge. // Locations vary; free 

Carvel
Sunday, July 21
Head over to your local Carvel shop to escape the summer heat with the company’s annual BOGO deal. Be sure to bring a friend, and then choose from any of Carvel’s traditional soft serve flavors, including chocolate, twist, Snickers and more at any point in the day. //Locations vary; prices vary

Baskin-Robbins
Sunday, July 21
Download the Baskin-Robbins app to receive a free, regular-sized scoop on this national holiday. Plus, for this month only, the company is debuting its U.S.S. Butterscotch flavor as a tribute to Netflix original series, Stranger Things. // Locations vary; free

Nice Cream
Sunday, July 21
On National Ice Cream Day, be sure to head over to one of the four Nice Cream locations in the NoVA region as soon as they open, as the company will be giving the first 100 customers a free cone. But before you go, be sure to learn the secret code word via Nice Cream’s Instagram page, as guests have to whisper it to the cashier to receive the free treat. // Locations vary; free

Many other ice cream shops in Northern Virginia will be offering free samples and other deals on National Ice Cream Day, which will be announced the day of. We will continue to keep you updated as the celebrations grow.

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