National Ice Cream Day is the third Sunday in July.
In 1984, Ronald Reagan designated the the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day, part of July, which is National Ice Cream Month. Reagan said that those two events events should be observed with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." As if this heat wave wasn't been enough to drive everyone to find a cone or bowl of the delicious concoction, you can do so now because a President told you to do so.
Take your tween out for a cone and look at it as doing your patriotic duty. Or scoop up some goodness at home. However you choose to mark the occasion, view it as a way to connect.
I'm a big believer in the appeal and power of ice cream. (Today is also National Gummi Worm Day and National Tapioca Pudding Day, and you don't see me posting about or quoting Ronald Reagan on those, do you?)
My grandparents used to take me for ice cream at Friendly's when I visited them each summer, and it tasted good at every age. As a tween, relating to my grandparents wasn't easy, but the ice cream helped. If nothing else, there was discussion of favorite flavors and toppings, theorizing why grownups usually opt for the dish and not the cone, and debating the merits of sticking with your tried and true standby or sampling the myriad of options to keep any awkward silences at bay. I think those topics provided the starting point of some good discussions, but I don't remember the discussions. I remember the time, and the ritual.
The multigenerational appeal of ice cream is likely one reason why the average American household spends $107.34 per year on the tasty concoctions. Those in Chicagoland can check out Crain's Chicago Business' interactive map of ice expenditure by zip code.
Does your family spend more than the average household on ice cream? Is it worth it?