Celebrate National Ice Cream Day!

Do you need an excuse to indulge in a rich, creamy bowl of ice cream? Or to savor the close-to-melting deliciousness of a two-scoop waffle cone?

Then join Sunday’s celebration of National Ice Cream Day!

We can thank President Ronald Reagan for proclaiming July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday as National Ice Cream Day.

Logo from 1960 to 2001 (still in use at some locations)

Though ice cream has been around the United States since, well, since before there was a United States (thank you, Quaker colonists), one of the most well-known ice cream brands traces its origins to the Midwest.

As we’ve shared before here on the Midwest Almanac, Dairy Queen is a proud Midwestern legacy.

Around eighty years ago, J. F. McCullough and his son Alex created the soft serve ice cream in Kankakee, Illinois. The elder McCullough thought the cow was the queen of the dairy business.

Hence, the name of the first Dairy Queen which opened in Joliet, Illinois in 1940.

Let’s celebrate National Ice Cream Day and our Midwestern heritage by stopping by a Dairy Queen on Sunday.

I think I’ll indulge in a strawberry milkshake. Or maybe a chocolate sundae. Even better, a strawberry chocolate Blizzard!

What are you getting?

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