Red, White & Blue Salute To Ice Cream

Ice cream is a welcome treat any time of the year, but it gets the most attention in summer. Something about the long, hot days and lingering nights sets the mood for a frosty cone.

“Ice cream appeals to pretty much every age and background. It can take us back to our childhood or simply create a few minutes of distraction during a stressful day.” said Jess Milbourn, owner of Devil May Care Ice Cream in West Sacramento, California. “Some of my fondest childhood memories was using an old hand-crank ice cream maker with my grandparents in the backyard.”

Festival Map

So how did July come to National Ice Cream Month? It goes back to 1984, when President Ronald Reagan made the decree. 

And Reagan isn’t the only president to have a connection to the sweet snack. George Washington spent $200 on ice cream in 1790, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. Thomas Jefferson also had a favorite recipe that featured 18 steps, according to the IDFA. 

Read on for a list of some of the ice cream festivals happening around the United States this summer. Maybe we just planned your next road trip. 

  • New Castle County Ice Cream Festival (June 24-25, 2017) Dubbed Delaware’s largest family picnic, this festival includes a petting zoo, trapeze artists, stilt walkers and jugglers. Learn more at www.rockwoodicecream.com.
  • El Paso Ice Cream Festival (July 2) This year’s festival in El Paso, Texas promises more flavors, more fun and a dramatic fireworks show at night. See more at www.icecreamfestep.com.
  • Simply Natural Ice Cream Festival (July 15) Held at Simply Natural Creamery in Ayden, North Carolina, this festival offers a bouncy house, car show, and tractor display. (http://www.simplynaturalcreamery.com/festival.html)
  • NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard (July 16) Come sample frozen treats in the city that never sleeps. The event takes place on National Ice Cream Day. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-summer-ice-cream-blizzard-tickets-32053812817
  • Atlanta Ice Cream Festival (July 22) This annual event in its seventh year takes place at Piedmont Park. Admittance is free. Full details at www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com.
  • Austin Ice Cream Festival (August 12) This all-day event will have ice-cream eating competitions and popsicle stick sculptures. Learn more at www.austinicecreamfestival.com.
  • FroYo Run (August 19) The FroYo run happens in a variety of cities across America this summer. Some dates remain unannounced. The San Jose, California FroYo run takes place in August and rewards participants of the 5k or 10k run with frozen yogurt.