The Small Illinois Town That Celebrates “Family Day” The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor Way

Freeport, Illinois — June 26, 2017 — In a little town in Northwest Illinois a hidden gem exists that finds folks driving for hundreds of miles just to experience its old fashioned atmosphere.

A local historic tradition, Union Dairy has been a part of Freeport, Illinois since 1912 serving up delicious ice cream, great food inside a small old fashioned parlor that has a unique way of putting a smile on everyone’s face.

This past weekend the 2017 Union Dairy Family Day took place and with it, brought hundreds of families out to enjoy the afternoon festivities in downtown Freeport, Illinois on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds came out to enjoy the 2017 Family Day at the Union Dairy.

Hundreds came out to enjoy the 2017 Family Day at the Union Dairy
Hundreds came out to enjoy the 2017 Family Day at the Union Dairy

Dozens of kids who were there took part in the face panting activities put on by FHS students.

Dozens of kids who were there took part in the face panting activities put on by FHS students
Dozens of kids who were there took part in the face panting activities put on by FHS students

The day couldn’t have been nice with temperatures just above 70 degrees.

The day couldn't have been nice with temperatures just above 70 degrees
The day couldn’t have been nice with temperatures just above 70 degrees

Children also were able to enjoy Pony rides as part of the days festivities. There was a petting zoo too.

Children also were able to enjoy Pony rides as part of the days festivities
Children also were able to enjoy Pony rides as part of the days festivities

That’s one happy horse with one happy rider. You could also register to win a FREE bike.

That's one happy horse with one happy rider
That’s one happy horse with one happy rider

All throughout the day the smiles on the children’s faces said it all. A lot of kids enjoyed the bounce house too.

All throughout the day the smiles on the children's faces said it all
All throughout the day the smiles on the children’s faces said it all

And of course, no one can resist all the flavors of ice cream or the delicious food inside the Union Dairy either.

And of course, no one can resist all the flavors of ice cream or the delicious food inside the Union Dairy either
And of course, no one can resist all the flavors of ice cream or the delicious food inside the Union Dairy either

All in all it was a great day to bring the entire family out and — even get out that convertible that’s been sitting all winter.

A great day to bring the entire family out and even bring out that convertible that's been sitting all winter
A great day to bring the entire family out and even bring out that convertible that’s been sitting all winter

Mickey and Minny Mouse were also there to greet children with a smile. Here’s a happy kid enjoying his day.

Mickey and Minny Mouse were also there to greet children with a smile. Here's a happy kid enjoying his day
Mickey and Minny Mouse were also there to greet children with a smile. Here’s a happy kid enjoying his day

And to top off the day we caught Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and her Mom enjoy Family Day at the Union Dairy as well.

And to top off the day we caught Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and her Mom enjoy Family Day at the Union Dairy as well.
And to top off the day we caught Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and her Mom enjoy Family Day at the Union Dairy as well.

The Union Dairy is located at 126 E Douglas St in downtown Freeport, Illinois. They can be reached at (815) 232-7099.

Nothing ever changes in an old fashioned parlor. Like the ice cream stored there, there is also a certain magic that lingers. It shines in children’s smiles at the first lick of ice cream, and it twinkles in the eyes of the old at the preparation of their favorite treat. No matter how old you are, the magic is captivating.

The Union Dairy is open from ;

  • Memorial Day to Labor Day:
    Open 7 Days a Week:
    11am – 10pm
  • Sept – October:
    Tues – Sunday:  11am – 9pm
    Closed Mondays

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The 2017 Union Dairy Family Day. Going on right now until 5:00 or so tonight. Pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, bounce house, register to WIN a FREE Bike and lots more.

Posted by Today In The Port on Sunday, June 25, 2017

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