National Ice Cream Soda Day

June 20

When is National Ice Cream Soda Day?

National Ice Cream Soda Day happens on Thursday June 20, 2024.

National Ice Cream Soda Day: Fizzing with Flavor on June 20th

As the mercury rises and summer officially gets into full swing, there’s no better way to cool off and indulge your taste buds than with a fizzy, frothy ice cream soda. National Ice Cream Soda Day on June 20th is a sweet celebration of this beloved treat that combines the creamy goodness of ice cream with the sparkling kick of soda. So, let’s dive into the effervescent world of ice cream sodas, explore its bubbly history, and discover creative ways to enjoy this delightful concoction.

A Splash into History:

The origin of the ice cream soda is a sweet tale of innovation and serendipity, dating back to the 19th century. While there are various stories about its invention, one of the most popular and widely accepted tales takes us to Philadelphia in 1874. The protagonist of this story is Robert McCay Green, a soda fountain operator.

According to lore, Green was selling flavored soda water. However, he found himself at a competitive disadvantage when he ran out of ice. In a stroke of ingenuity, he noticed that a neighboring vendor, who was selling ice cream, had plenty of ice to spare. Green decided to combine the two, adding scoops of ice cream to his soda water to keep it cold.

To his surprise, the new concoction was an instant hit. Customers loved the creamy, fizzy beverage, and it quickly became a popular treat. Green claimed to have invented the ice cream soda on that day, and as his fame grew, so did the popularity of the ice cream soda across the United States.

Another version of the story suggests that Green intentionally added ice cream to the soda water to create a new beverage that would attract customers. Regardless of which version is accurate, Robert McCay Green is credited with the invention of the ice cream soda, marking a significant moment in the history of American desserts.

The ice cream soda became a staple at soda fountains across the country, especially during the hot summer months. It was traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer or cola, but over time, countless variations have emerged, featuring different flavors of soda and ice cream.

Celebrating National Ice Cream Soda Day:

  1. DIY Ice Cream Soda Bar: Set up a make-your-own ice cream soda bar at home with various soda flavors, ice cream options, and toppings. Invite friends and family to mix and match to create their personalized fizzy delights.
  2. Explore Local Soda Fountains: Many local diners and ice cream shops serve up classic and innovative ice cream sodas. Use National Ice Cream Soda Day as an excuse to support these establishments and enjoy a professionally made treat.
  3. Experiment with Flavors: Go beyond the classic vanilla ice cream and root beer combo. Experiment with different soda and ice cream pairings, such as orange soda with chocolate ice cream or cream soda with raspberry sorbet. The possibilities are endless!
  4. Share the Fizz: Snap pictures of your ice cream soda creations or your outing and share them on social media with the hashtag #NationalIceCreamSodaDay. It’s a fun way to see how others are celebrating and maybe find inspiration for your next concoction.

Tips for the Perfect Ice Cream Soda:

  • Chill Your Glasses: Pre-chill your glasses in the freezer for an extra cool treat that stays frosty longer.
  • Soda First: Pour the soda into the glass first to control the fizz and prevent overflow when the ice cream is added.
  • The Right Ratio: Start with two scoops of ice cream for the perfect balance of creaminess and fizz. You can always adjust according to your preference.
  • Top It Off: Don’t forget to top your ice cream soda with whipped cream, a cherry, or even sprinkles for that extra special touch.

Creative Twists on the Classic:

  • Global Flavors: Incorporate flavors from around the world, like using matcha ice cream and ginger ale for a Japanese-inspired version or mango sorbet with tamarind soda for a tropical twist.
  • Dessert Pairings: Pair your ice cream soda with a complementary dessert for an indulgent treat. Think chocolate brownies with a classic root beer float or lemon bars with a lemon-lime soda and vanilla ice cream combo.

National Ice Cream Soda Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in a sweet, fizzy treat that promises to cool you down and lift your spirits. Whether you’re crafting your own at home, exploring the creations of your local soda fountain, or experimenting with new flavor combinations, there’s no wrong way to celebrate. So, here’s to a day filled with bubbles, giggles, and creamy, dreamy ice cream sodas. Cheers! 🍦🥤

When does National Ice Cream Soda Day happen next year?

National Ice Cream Soda Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Friday June 20, 2025
  • Saturday June 20, 2026
  • Sunday June 20, 2027
  • Tuesday June 20, 2028
  • Wednesday June 20, 2029


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