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Monday, July 17, 2017

National Ice Cream Day

Did you miss it ?
It was yesterday, Sunday, July 16, just in time for Grenville's birthday, although he celebrated by enjoying an ice cream sundae on his Saturday birthday 🎂. 

So, we missed getting in this deal, even though Grenville assured me that he could handle an encore to support this local ice cream business in Nashua, NH. We opted to wait for another "special occasion" like another weekend, for example.

Growing up neither of us ever heard about this celebration. When did it start?

Turns out it was 33 years ago in 1984 and the resolution sponsored by Kentucky Sen. Walter Dee Huddleston only specified a month and day in that year. It proclaimed July 1984 as "National Ice Cream Month" and July 15, 1984, as "National Ice Cream Day."
On July 9, 1984, then President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5219 and signed it into public lawIt recognized ice cream as "a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population." President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
Annual celebrations have continued thanks to publicizing by ice cream manufacturers, after all who wants to disagree with a Presidential proclamation about eating ice cream?
Of course, the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) readily encourages this habit. The U.S. ice cream industry  contributes more than $39 billion to the national economy and creates over 190,000 jobs in communities nationwide.

We helped out on Saturday, how about you — did you enjoy ice cream too this weekend?





In addition to the ice cream treats we enjoyed dining outdoors in downtown Nashua on Saturday night. 

It was a wonderful weekend as Grenville celebrated his birthday with ice cream and dinner out, plus emails, texts, birthday cards, and some surprise gifts.

THANKS to Everyone for the Happy Birthday wishes too !

They were greatly appreciated by Grenville.

13 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I recently enjoyed a cone -- chocolate something, waffle cone, rim dipped in chocolate. I don't know why we enjoy ice cream out so much when we can get the same thing at home for half the cost or less. It's just the way it is.

Connie said...

Ice cream seems like as good of a reason as any to celebrate. :) I had some at home on Saturday, so I guess I celebrated a little early.

possum said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Pat!
How would you celebrate if you didn't have ice cream? Seems that has been a central part of your celebration ever since I've known you!
Have a good year.

Emma Springfield said...

I just ate a dish of ice cream! Living so close to the ice cream capitol of the world it is my duty to support ice cream day.

Mildred said...

Happy belated birthday. Looks like a wonderful celebration. Wish I had known there was a good excuse to enjoy a cone!

Leonora said...

Darn I missed it! I'll have to count the really good ice cream I had up in New Hampshire last week. I still vividly remember it. One scoop of sea salt caramel and one scoop of almond joy. : )

Michelle said...

I did miss it! Nothing like ice cream in the summertime!

Denise inVA said...

We had ice-cream treats regularly when Bill was here. Now I am trying to be good :)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Sadly - no ice cream for me this weekend. It is probably my most favorite food - definitely fun, but I'm not sure even I can justify it being called "nutritious" as much as I'd love for that to be the case :-) Happy Birthday to Grenville - good choice, celebrating with ice cream!

Valerie said...

I have a SMALL chocolate coated ice cream every day. Shame on me! Fridges are far too handy.

Lois Evensen said...

All that ice cream looks wonderful! No, we didn't miss the day! We made sure we did our part. ;)

William Kendall said...

I missed it- didn't know about it, and it's been a stressful time lately. I could have used it.

Christina said...

I didn't know that there was a National Ice Cream Day. Must add it to my diary. My favourite ice cream flavours are salted caramel and wild strawberries.

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