Way back 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 thought that a fun and nutritious food not only deserved mention for one day but a full 31 days. That made many children and possibly more than a few dairy farmers very happy. This means that this Sunday July 20 is that very special day.
The concept of ice cream is very old. People like Alexander the Great and Nero Claudius Caesar enjoyed having snow with fruits or honey and nectar. Even Marco Polo is important in ice cream history when he returned to Italy with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. In local history, the first official account of ice cream in America comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. And let us not forget about Dolley Madison who served a wonderful strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison's second inaugural banquet at the White House.
Enjoy the slidehow of ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.