I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, that’s for sure. And what’s better than enjoying an ice cream cone on a warm summer day? Enjoying it for free! Or at least at a discount. And on Staten Island and nearby, you don’t have to go too far to find a great place that’s offering ice cream deals on National Ice Cream Day, which is on Sunday, July 16, this year.
The Scoop on National Ice Cream Day
We can thank President Ronald Reagan for giving us National Ice Cream Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in July. According to National Today, Reagan wanted to commemorate a treat enjoyed by over 90 percent of the U.S. population. He not only decreed a day for ice cream in 1984, but proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, too.
Summer, of course, is an ideal time to enjoy ice cream. But it’s certainly delicious and fun to have throughout the year, too! Check out these local ice cream shops on Staten Island that are sure to get your taste buds dancing, no matter what season it is!
National Ice Cream Day Deals
Empire Outlets, 35 Richmond Terr.
Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave.
Buy one shake, get one free! From 2-5pm, buy a shake, and score a second one for free when you order online or on the Shack App for pickup. Use code SHAKEITUP. Valid daily throughout July.
Multiple locations including:
4332 Amboy Rd.
2590 Hylan Blvd.
280-30 Marsh Ave.
3161 Amboy Rd.
1780 Forest Ave.
480 Forest Ave.
On July 16, get $5 off certain orders of $25 or more through DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, or order.carvel.com. Valid at participating shops while supplies last.
Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George
Going for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry? You can stop by the DQ Grill and Chill for a fun meal and an ice cream deal! The restaurant is revving ice cream fans up for a cool National Ice Cream Day surprise. Check back on its website on July 16 to find out what it is. And get the app, too. The shop says to get ready for ice cream celebrations with an in-app deal, which is to be announced.
2341 Richmond Ave.
2508 Hylan Blvd.
Cold Stone is celebrating ice cream all throughout July with some cool savings for customers. Buy $25 in gift cards and get a bonus eCard when you purchase from its website. Get more information on the site.
Planning a trip to the city? Here’s a bonus one in Manhattan that Harry Potter fans will love. The Harry Potter flagship store is celebrating National Ice Cream Day in a delicious way. This Sunday, the Butterbeer Ice Cream Truck will be handing out some free treats throughout the day. (935 Broadway, Manhattan; open 9am-7pm on Sunday)
What would you do for a Klondike bar? Well, you can head to Union Square on National Ice Cream Day, from 11am to 7pm, where Klondike will be giving away free frozen treats and providing summer activities. Oversized dice, karaoke mics, dancing ribbons and more will be part of the fun. Read more about the event and where you can buy Klondikes on the website. (Union Square, Broadway and E. 16 Street, Manhattan)
NoHO hotspot KYU will be offering guests complimentary scoops of homemade ice cream straight from its ice cream cart while supplies last (limit one per person), starting at 1pm on National Ice Cream Day. Must-try flavors include: Banana-Bourbon, Classic Fudge Sundae and Strawberry Shortcake Matcha Swirl. (324 Lafayette St., Manhattan)
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