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July is National Ice Cream Month

What is National Ice Cream Month

As the summer reaches peak temperatures in July, Americans celebrate National Ice Cream Month as a way to cool off and enjoy the nation’s favorite frozen treat with friends and family. Ice cream has historically been a key feature of American communities. According to an IDFA survey, most ice cream companies are family owned and have been in operation for more than 50 years! Here’s more sweet news: Ice cream companies help support the U.S. economy, contributing more than $39.0 billion to the national economy and creating more than 188,000 jobs in communities across the country. 

That’s something to celebrate!


Presidential Proclamation

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 2018, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 15.

In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

So, Let’s Celebrate!

We encourage ice cream makers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month.

Here's how our some of our 60 ice cream members are celebrating:

  • Graeter’s Manufacturing Co. is rewinding the clock with facts and photos from its more than 145 years of history.
  • Perry’s Ice Cream Company, Inc. is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a look back at its 100 years of operation.
  • Pierre’s Ice Cream Company is posting recipes and ideas for entertaining with ice cream on its blog, “The Latest Scoop.”

Join Our Party

Through its @dairyidfa accounts on social media, we’re celebrating the month online, uniting ice cream lovers around the world and encouraging all to share exciting images of their favorite dessert and the many ways that they enjoy it.


Share our ice cream facts and figures with #NationalIceCreamMonth on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


We’ll publish short ice cream video clips and moving images that you can share. They air on IDFA’s YouTube page throughout the month.

Join the Contest

We’re inviting followers on Instagram to participate in the annual Instagram Ice Cream Photo Contest by sharing photos showing how they celebrate National Ice Cream Month. One winner will be recognized each week and receive a prize of free ice cream. Members may follow along with the entrants on @dairyidfa, IDFA’s account, and vote on the photos by liking content.


Contact Audra Kruse, IDFA manager of communications, at, for more information or to discuss opportunities to collaborate.

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