National Root Beer Float Day
We're invited to float a scoop of vanilla ice cream in an ice-cold mug of frothy root beer on August 6th. The classic beverage is a creamy treat that has been loved by generations.
The root beer float, also known as the "Black Cow," got its start in Colorado in a mining camp. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets credit for inventing the "Black Cow" way back in August of 1893.
When he came up with an idea, Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company owner One night Wisner was staring out the window and wondering about the line of soda waters he was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek. The full moon on the snow-capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He hurried back to his bar and scooped a spoonful of ice cream into the children's favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. After trying, he loved it and served it the next day. It was an instant hit.
The new creation, "Black Cow Mountain," was named by the local children, but the local children changed the name to "Black Cow."
Hundreds of thousands of root beer floats have been enjoyed around the country each day since its inception.
How to plan national root beer float day
Make the ultimate root beer float by gathering root beer and ice cream and mixing up the perfect root beer float. At your new restaurant, enjoy a root beer float over lunch or dinner. Use #RootBeerFloatDay to post on social media and spread the word.
National Ice Cream Soda Day is June 20 so you can enjoy it twice! If a root beer float is your favorite ice cream soda, National Ice Cream Soda Day is on June 20 so you can enjoy it twice!
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