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 law. It 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?
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.