WICHITA, Kan. – While not every national day of celebration has an origin story, National Ice Cream Day – this Sunday, July 17 – actually does. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. 

While his official proclamation was for that year only, the national day has been celebrated ever since. In Wichita, it’s a great excuse for locals and visitors to try some of Wichita’s unique cold treats. We have a variety of food trucks, restaurants and specialty shops in the city that offer ice cream on their drink and dessert menus. Here’s a few of our local favorites:

Churn & Burn – choose from one of their regular flavors made fresh in the store or create your own custom flavor and have it frozen using liquid nitrogen while you watch. They use local ingredients and specialize in ice cream coffee drinks.

Cocoa Dolce – this chocolate lounge also serves Palazzolo’s artisan gelato and sorbetto, which has been featured on Oprah’s “O” list.

College Hill Creamery – located in Clifton Square, this creamery serves hand-dipped ice cream, gourmet coffee and caramelized Belgian waffles, along with tasty combinations of all three.

Old Mill Tasty Shop – sit at one of the state’s most complete vintage soda fountains still in use and watch the soda jerk make your banana split, malt or float the old-fashioned way.

Jimmie’s Diner North Rock, South, Tyler Road – all three locations have soda fountains where waitresses in poodle skirts will create shakes, ice cream sodas and sundaes.