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Happy National Ice Cream Day! Here's the scoop on deals and freebies

Talk about a Sundae Funday.
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for: National Ice Cream Day!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July – hooray for U.S.A.

Okay, yeah... it seems like Americans have a holiday for everything under the sun and some people think that's kind of silly. But when there's free ice cream involved, just be quiet and enjoy your sundae.

Whether you fancy a mouthful of Everything But the Kitchen Sink or plain ol' vanilla, here's the scoop on where to find freebies and discounts on your favorite treat.

Baskin Robbins

Get a free regular scoop when you download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App.

Cold Stone Creamery

Join the eClub for a buy one, get one free ice cream coupon.

Dairy Queen

Sign up for DQ's Blizzard Fan Club and you'll get a coupon for a buy one, get one free Blizzard.

Dippin' Dots

Free mini cup of Dippin' Dots during a two hour window – check with your local store to see when the giveaway will be.

Eileen's Colossal Cookies

What's better than ice cream? Ice cream squished between two cookies.

Since Eileen's Prior Lake shop isn't open Sunday's, the buy-one-get-one-half-off deal is being offered on Monday.

La La Homemade Ice Cream

Lactose intolerant? You can still celebrate – La La Homemade Ice Cream in Uptown Minneapolis has locally-sourced, vegan and non-dairy ice cream.

They're offering $4 root beer floats and special prices on sundaes.

McDonald's

Mickey D's is giving out free vanilla soft serve cones to customers who download the fast food chain’s mobile app.

You’ll also be entered to win a one-of-a-kind "Golden Arches Cone” that will entitle you to free McDonald’s soft serve for life.

PetsMart

Doggos like ice cream too! Visitors to participating PetSmart PetHotel locations will receive free sundaes on July 16.

Sebastian Joe's

Insider says this is the best ice cream shop in Minnesota. Stop in to get 20 percent off a root beer float.

Wendy's

Wendy's doesn't have a special Ice Cream Day promotion, but they do have 50-cent Frostys right now.

Whole Foods

Stuff your face from the comfort of your own home – Whole Foods has a deal on Ben and Jerry's.

It's $6 for two pints, which usually cost about $5 each.) And some stores are holding “Sundae Fundae” sampling events throughout the day.

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