Where To Get Free Ice Cream On National Ice Cream Day 2016, Because It's The Best Way To Celebrate

There is no scenario in which ice cream is not delicious, but there is one thing in particular that can make this cool, sweet, creamy treat taste even better — getting your hands on it for free. And that, my friends, is exactly what we are going to do today. If you are wondering where to get free ice cream on National Ice Cream Day, which for the uninitiated, is July 17, you have come to the right place. There are few things in this world I take seriously, but when it comes to free food, I am not messing around.

Whether you prefer soft serve or hard, cup or cone, chocolate or vanilla, rainbow sprinkles or hot fudge syrup, there is a National Ice Cream Day deal out there with your name on it. So gather up your friends, take a look at this list, and start to strategize. If you play your cards right, you might even be able to hit up every single place mentioned here, which to be honest, sounds like a lot of ice cream, but today is an unofficial national holiday, and you deserve to celebrate. Plus, it's ice cream, you guys. There is nothing better on a hot day — that's just science.

1. Carvel

Hop on over to the popular ice cream chain with a friend for a buy-one, get-one deal. All you have to do is decide whether you prefer cup or cone.

2. Cold Stone Creamery

Craving some Cold Stone? Sign up for its online rewards program and get a free creation with any purchase. Suh-weet.

3. PetSmart

Dogs like ice cream too, OK? Head to your closest PetSmart PetsHotel with your pooch for a free doggie sundae, complete with a smattering of dog biscuit "sprinkles."

4. Cumberland Farms

Get a free ice cream sandwich when you buy a 20 oz. Pepsi or Mountain Dew.

5. Baskin-Robbins

The ice cream chain is donating 75 cents from every ice cream float sold on National Ice Cream Day to the United Service Organizations. OK, so you aren't getting free ice cream, but it's still for a good cause. Annnnnd don't forget to swing by Baskin-Robbins on July 31 to get a cup or cone for $1.31, part of the chain's year-long "Celebrate 31" promotion.

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