National Ice Cream Day is really one of the best days on the calendar ever. This year it falls on Sunday, July 16, and there are plenty of ice cream shops and chains celebrating!

Here are the best ones to take advantage of this July 16th:


Salt & Straw
The deal: All five LA locations are giving out free scoops as hourly prizes all day, along with hourly giveaways of more ice cream, T-shirts, and other swag.
Where: All five LA locations

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
The deal: Anyone 18 or under gets a free scoop in a classic orange cake cone with sprinkles, if an adult buys a cone first, that is.
Where: 1954 Hillhurst Ave

Frozen Fruit Co
The deal: Get free cups of its dairy-free soft serve on Sunday afternoon. Its icy wares are made of natural fruit, meaning you can enjoy your treats guilt-free.
When: 12pm to 5pm
Where: 729 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Pretend City Children’s Museum
The deal: The Pretend City Children’s Museum is handing out free cups and cones for just one hour, so you better get them fast. They’re also celebrating the day with crafts and songs for the kids.
When: 1pm to 12pm
Where: 29 Hubble, Irvine

The Milk Shop
The deal: You can buy three sandwiches and get a fourth free at either of this delicious local shop’s two locations.
Where: 7290 Beverly Blvd; 1639 Silverlake Blvd

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
The deal: The nation’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream chain is offering a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deal on its custom ice cream creations.
When: 2pm to 6pm
Where: Participating locations


The deal: Get free vanilla cones at participating locations if you order them using the McDonald’s mobile app. Additionally, you have the chance to win free soft serve for life if you order within certain times.
When: All day for the free ice cream; 2pm to 5pm for the contest
Where: Participating locations

Dippin’ Dots
The deal: Get one free mini cup of ice cream during select times on some locations.
Where: Participating locations

Steak & Shake
The deal: This deal isn’t pegged to National Ice Cream Day, but it’s got a buy-one-get-one coupon for Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshakes. The coupons are good all summer long.
When: Now through August 31
Where: 1455 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica; 108 Palm Ave, Burbank

The deal: If you download the Baskin-Robbins app, you’ll unlock a variety of free ice cream deals on July 16.
Where: Participating locations

The deal: Turns out your dog can get in on the dessert-filled celebration, too. The pet retailer is handing out free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes — dog-safe vanilla ice cream topped with a dob biscuit sprinkle — at its PetSmart PetsHotel locations nationwide.
Where: Participating locations