Norton Shores has some sweet places you’ll want to visit, especially before the end of July.
Early Days of Ice Cream
From enjoying snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar during the second century B.C. or During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with fruits and juices.
The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen detailing a frozen dessert featuring strawberries and milk.
Records kept by a Chatham Street, New York merchant show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790.
A Presidential Proclamation
President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day on July 9, 1984, by Presidential Proclamation 5219, in which he stated:
“Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food. Over eight hundred and eighty-seven million gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States in 1983.”
President Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5219 – National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day, 1984
Where to get Ice Cream in Norton Shores
Norton Shores has four places you can visit to get your ice cream.
Say the Pledge, get FREE Ice Cream
Every Wednesday during the month of July, Clem’s Market in Norton Shores is participating in the “I Pledge Project,” which rewards children 12 and under for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance from memory with a free ice cream cone.
The Pledge of Allegiance
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
It’s that simple! Make sure to bring your family and friends!