I’m giddy with excitement. Think six-year-old on Christmas Eve times three. That pretty much describes my state with the first day of July fast approaching.
Why would a grown man be so excited about the month of July? Twenty-eight years ago, President Ronald Reagan designated the seventh month of the year as National Ice Cream Month and said it should be observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
What gets me so stoked is that people, businesses and towns take the “observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities” to heart. There’s free ice cream, ice cream celebrations, ice cream events and more ice cream. I’m researching these “appropriate ceremonies and activities” and will alert you to them as I find them (some are below).
To honor National Ice Cream Month, I’m launching my own ice cream giveaway on Facebook. Each week in July, one winner will get five Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream rolls. Please visit my Facebook page for details and your chance to win.
OK, here’s a sampling of what’s coming up for this weekend and National Ice Cream Month.
Twenty-Fourth Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. June 30. Elm Park, Worcester, Massachusetts. 10:30AM to 5:30PM. $5; $1 for ages 4-9, Free for 3 and under.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. June 30-July 1. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 12 Noon to 5PM. $7 donation to benefit the Jashua Kahan Fund and the fight to cure pediatric leukemia.
Serendipity Ice Cream. McMinnville, Oregon. On July 4th, the shop will be serving up free ice cream.
Meli-Melo. Greenwich, Connecticut. Ice cream flavor naming contest.
The Heritage Museum. Henderson, North Carolina. July 4. Ice cream social. 12 Noon.