According to the International Dairy Foods Association, in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation's dairy industry.
While invented long before America became a country, the treat was favorited by our Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. During their presidencies, they enjoyed it with their guests, helping to popularize it in the U.S.
National Ice Cream Day will take place on the third Sunday of July, the 17th.