Fort Worth grocery giving away free ice cream to mark summer solstice. When, what is that?

Yes, you’re reading that right, free ice cream.

Kroger grocery stores are celebrating the summer solstice by giving out free ice cream for 14 hours and 18 minutes on June 20, the longest day of the year. They will give out 45,000 free Kroger brand pints, any flavor of your choice, while supplies last.

“To celebrate Summer Solstice — the day with the most hours of sunlight — we’re giving away 45,000 pints of Kroger® Brand Ice Cream. That’s 50 pints per minute … for all 900 minutes of sunshine!,” according to the grocery chain in a statement.

To get your free frozen treat, you just have to download a coupon. Kroger advises users to check FreeKrogerIceCream.com on June 20 to claim a free ice cream pint coupon. You can only claim one, and you can only use it once. Coupons can be redeemed at any Kroger store in the U.S. on any type of order: in-store, pickup, or delivery.


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Though it is the longest day of the year, check the website because Kroger is only giving out coupons while they last. However, you will have plenty of sunlight to grab your free pint.

What and when is summer solstice?

Summer solstice marks the official start of summer, and is also the day in the year with most sunlight.

“It occurs when one of Earth’s poles is tilted toward the sun at its most extreme angle, and due to Earth’s tilt, this happens twice a year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice falls in June, and in the Southern Hemisphere, it falls in December,” according to Joe Rao, meteorologist for Space.com.

In Fort Worth, residents will witness the sunrise bright and early at 6:22 a.m. This may be a good time to check the free ice cream website. Once you get your coupon, you can enjoy the long summer day with your free pint, and then watch the sunset at 8:40 p.m.