National Ice Cream Cone Day

Falling on September 22 every year, National Ice Cream Cone Day is a great way to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It’s a holiday where everyone can enjoy this tasty and refreshing treat without feeling guilty about it at all.

And since millions of people enjoy ice cream cones all over the world, there are plenty of people looking forward to celebrating this sweet holiday.

The History of National Ice Cream Cone Day

Although it’s widely known that U.S. President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of that month as National Ice Cream Day, no one knows who started National Ice Cream Cone Day.

However, we do know the history of how the ice cream cone was invented, and we’re going to share that story in the following section.

The History of the Humble Ice Cream Cone

Although ice cream had been around for quite some time, it wasn’t until the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century that ice cream began to be served with a cone. While the invention of the ice cream cone seems controversial at first—with several different claims being made as to who invented it first—the truth of the matter is that two different people at two different times invented the ice cream cone that we all know and love today.

Italo Marchiony invented the first ice cream cone in New York City around 1896, and he patented it at the end of 1903. In 1904, at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian immigrant, also created an ice cream cone using a pastry known as zalabia that was sold by a vendor next to him.

He invented it because he had run out of bowls and needed a way to sell his ice cream. Needless to say, it was almost an instant hit. The concept of the ice cream cone spread throughout St. Louis.

Since the city was a foundry town, businessmen began to invent specialized baking equipment for making World’s Fair cornucopia cones. By the 1920s, cones were being sold around the country, and by 1924, almost 250 million cones were being produced.

How to Celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day

Anyone looking to enjoy an ice cream cone on this holiday should have no problems doing so, considering the number of companies that sell ice cream cones. Not only do many fast-food restaurants sell ice cream cones, but they’re also widely available in grocery stores, so anyone can enjoy this treat on this holiday or any day of the year.

Consumers might also want to make their own ice cream cones to celebrate this day. Ice cream cones are easy to make and don’t take a lot of time. We think that might be the perfect way for anyone to enjoy this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 22 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 22 Monday
Last year (2023)
September 22 Friday
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