How To Get Free Ice Cream At McDonald's This Summer

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On their own, "free" and "food" are two of my favorite words — but when they're paired together, that's a whole new level of exciting, especially if ice cream is involved. Just in time for everyone's favorite holiday, National Ice Cream Day — taking place this year on Sunday, July 16 — you can get free soft serve ice cream at McDonald's, aka the perfect treat to cool off in the summer heat totally free.

The promotion is part of McDonald's new #SoftServed Twitter campaign, which aims to flip the script on the idea of getting "served": On Twitter, McDonald's is ~softening~ things up by serving up positive messages to customers on social media. Their goal is to compliment as many McDonald's fans as possible within 24 hours — but, for anyone who misses out, the free soft serve cone will surely more than make up for it.  

So how do you score this sweet deal? All you have to do to get a free soft serve cone on Sunday, July 16, is download the McDonald's mobile app and redeem the offer. And if you're feeling extra lazy (or just don't want to abandon the air-conditioned interior of your car), I have good news: the offer works in the restaurant and in the drive-thru.

Courtesy of McDonald's

Although it's never a bad time to treat yourself to a delicious ice cream cone, it's pretty much mandatory to do so on National Ice Cream Day. If you're anywhere near a McDonald's on July 16, I recommend you take advantage of this yummy, limited-time offer and snag yourself a free cone.