National Root Beer Float Day

root beer float with a blue and white striped straw placed on tabletop next to bowl of ice cream and ice cream scooper

On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot more than a cold and delicious treat, so be sure to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day on August 6!

This sweet, frothy day started back in August 1893 when Frank J. Wisner, the owner of Colorado’s Cripple Creek Brewing, was looking at the snowy peaks of Colorado’s Cow Mountain, which gave him the idea of ice cream floating on a beverage. The combination of vanilla ice cream and root beer used to be called ‘Black Cow Mountain.’ The soda he chose to use was Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. This brilliant drink was served to his guests the very next day and became an instant success!

Fun fact: A&W restaurants still offer and serve this classic drink in a frosted mug. In recognition of Root Beer Float Day and its popularity, A&W collects donations on this day for disabled American veterans.