USDA to Host the 3rd Annual National Ice Cream Day Party at the USDA Farmers Market in Washington, DC

On Monday, July 22nd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host the 3rd annual National Ice Cream Day Party at the USDA Farmers Market between 1-3 p.m. at the corner of 12th Street and Independence Ave, SW, in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes will open the event with short remarks. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

With the average American eating more than 23 pounds of ice cream each year, one could suggest that every month is for ice cream. The United States celebrates July as National Ice Cream Month each year with a month of activity culminating with National Ice Cream Day on the third Sunday in July—Sunday, July 21, 2019.

 

 

“We are proud of our nation’s dairy farmers and ice cream makers who produce America’s most popular frozen treat,” said Dykes. “And we are grateful to Secretary Perdue and the USDA team for elevating National Ice Cream Day with this celebration.

In 2017, about 1.4 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the United States. Ice cream is an $11 billion industry that supports 26,000 direct jobs and generates $1.6 billion in direct wages, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers®. The majority of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers have been in business for more than 50 years, and many are still family-owned businesses.

More information about ice cream is available on IDFA’s website: www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/ice-cream.

 

 

Details for Media:

Who: Secretary Perdue and IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes

What: National Ice Cream Day Party

When: Monday, July 21st, 1-3 p.m. ET. The event will begin promptly at 1 p.m. with remarks.

Where: 12th Street and Independence Ave, SW, in Washington, D.C.

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