Celebrate Missouri’s Birthday with Ice Cream

Thursday July 29, 2021

By Patrick

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood.

On Missouri’s birthday, people throughout the state will celebrate by attending ice cream socials…in small towns and big cities, local neighborhoods and favorite attractions.

Nothing brings people together like ice cream, and what a great way to celebrate Missouri since the ice cream cone is the official state dessert.  Thanks in large part to St. Louis, host of the 1904 World’s Fair, where the ice cream cone was popularized.

Why not visit several festivities to enjoy your fair share of ice cream!

St. Louis Area Ice Cream Socials!

Enjoy a special culinary tour that takes you back to the 19th century through historic recipes, culinary artifacts, and dining customs from St. Louis in the Gilded Age. The tour ends with a scoop of Clementine's Creamery's delicious chocolate ice cream inspired by Virginia Campbell's 1840s recipe. $15.00 per person. The event is sponsored by Clementine's Creamery.

Campbell House Museum
1508 Locust Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

Clementine's Creamery will unveil new Missouri Pride flavors to commemorate Missouri’s Bicentennial. Why not try Missouri Mud, their love letter to Missouri or Gooey Butter Cake, a celebration of St. Louis’ iconic sweet treat!  With three St. Louis locations:

1637 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63104
730 DeMun Avenue, Clayton, Missouri 63105
4715 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63109

You're invited to hang out at the historic Field House Museum for an ice cream social on Tuesday, August 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We'll have Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream with all the toppings, backyard games, and face painting! Indoors take a tour of the historic house and explore the current exhibitions in the galleries. Tickets are $10.00 per person and include one frozen treat.

Field House Museum
634 S. Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63102

Join us to celebrate 200 years of Missouri with hands-on activities, pop-up live music, and short theatre performances about Veuve Chouteau—the “Mother of St. Louis.” Our state dessert is the ice cream cone, so we’ll celebrate with frozen treats! Programming begins at 11 a.m. with a live stream presentation in the Grand Hall.  At 12 and 2 p.m., enjoy live fiddle music.

Starting at 2:00 p.m. come get your free ice cream, provided generously by Prairie Farms, while it lasts. At 3:00 p.m. families can enjoy “Inside Scoop,” a special program led by Mama Lisa that incorporates the science of ice-cream making, movement, and music. And from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., you can join us inside for an art activity led by the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.

Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63112

Meet Mooma and Truman, a milk cow and her calf, at Historic Sappington House as we celebrate Missouri’s 200th birthday on Tuesday, August 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mooma and Truman are characters in a new children’s book entitled The Cow Cocoon. Authors Rachel Nolen and Maria Price will be reading this delightful book at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to visitors.

Guided museum tours of the Thomas Sappington House, built in what then was the Louisiana Territory, 13 years before statehood, will be conducted. The Missouri Fiddlers will be playing old-time, toe-tapping music from the past. And what would a party be without ice cream - Rocky Mountain cones - a locally made at Ronnie’s and favorite at The Muny.

Reservations requested by calling 314-822-8171 or emailing info@historicsappingtonhouse.org. An entrance fee of $5 per person will be collected at the door.

Historic Sappington House
1015 S. Sappington Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63126

Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream will have TWO special ice cream flavors in the dip case as well as a special offer for a FREE Waffle Cone Upgrade to celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial. So mark your calendar now for August 10th!

"Show Me You're Nuts" is a Bourbon Walnut Toffee Ice Cream. This is a special all-Missouri collaboration with: Bourbon from StilL 630 (St. Louis, MO), Hammons Black Walnuts (Stockton, MO), and Toffee from Belle Toffee (Lee's Summit, MO)We are also serving Gooey Butter Ice Cream. Since Missouri and the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair is the birthplace of the ice cream cone, anyone who says "Show Me Your Waffle Cone" at the shop gets a FREE Waffle Cone Upgrade that day!

Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
8130 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

Enjoy an ice cream social on the Purina Performance Plaza at the Station from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., featuring scoops of Clementine's Creamery flavors from Soda Fountain, the retro diner restaurant at Union Station. Ride the St. Louis Wheel, play mini-golf, take a spin on the Carousel, and make reservations for the St. Louis Aquarium or the rope course.

St. Louis Union Station
201 S. 18th Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

Gather around the front porch to watch a performance of White Haven's residents discussing Missouri's statehood in 1821. Learn about the impact of the Missouri Compromise on the Dent and Grant families, and its consequences for the entire nation. Enjoy a free cup of frozen custard after the 30 minute program. No reservations are required for this 1:30PM program on Tuesday, August 10th, but frozen custard is limited to the first 75 people to arrive.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63123

And, if you’re working on Statehood Day (it is a Tuesday, after all), check out these blow-out events on August 7th, the Saturday before the Bicentennial! 

The celebration will take place on three streets in the heart of The Landing, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7th. Experience a Laclede’s Landing History Walk led by Missouri Historical Society noted architectural historian Amanda Clark. Enjoy The Bicentennial Brewers Beer Garden on Second Street between Morgan and Laclede’s Landing Boulevard. Dine at Popular St. Louis food trucks along First Street between Morgan and Lucas. PocketParks will host a Pop-up Street Activation  Activities will include Play cornhole, washers, giant connect four, giant checkers, frisbee courses, and more on First Street from Laclede’s Landing Boulevard and wrapping around onto Morgan up to Second. Enjoy An artwork showcase with live painting demonstrations from six regional artists will take place in the lobby of Raeder Place at First and Morgan and inside the former bakery at Second  and Morgan.

StL Arts Chamber, artists and arts organizations are throwing a party to celebrate the bicentennial. Join the ArtFest and Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 7 from 10AM to 2PM from Grand Center through the Hodiamont Greenway to the Delmar Loop for art, performance and ICE CREAM!

They are taking on the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest ice cream social. The current record is 962 participants in an ice cream social in Italy. With Bold Spoon Creamery and Baked Bear selling ice cream, certainly, St. Louis can top that! After all, the ice cream cone was popularized right here at the 1904 World’s Fair.