NATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY | Third Wednesday in May

National Juice Slush Day | May 18
(Last Updated On: May 17, 2022)


On the third Wednesday in May, National Juice Slush Day celebrates the icy delight that has come to be known as frozen juice slush.


A juice slush is an ice-based drink comprising of 100% fruit juice. As a frozen drink, basic flavors of strawberry, lime, grape and cherry seem to be the most common available. But, you can savor just about any flavor of juice you can get your hands on during National Juice Slush Day!

Historically, Royal courts from ages past used to bring down freshly fallen snow from mountain tops and spread crushed berries and mashed fruit on top. Little has changed. Billions of servings later the refreshing taste of icy fruit slush still thrills all ages, especially on National Juice Slush Day.

Commercially, the first slushy drink can be traced to a man by the name of Omar Knedlik. In the 1950s, after using parts from an automobile air conditioner, Knedlik built a rudimentary frozen beverage machine. As a result, the first slushies in the late 1950s and early 1960s were made by supercooling.

Supercooled Sprite was briefly marketed by Coca-Cola in the United Kingdom, but the product required a special vending machine to store the bottles. In 1966, 7-Eleven 7-Eleven made a licensing deal with The Icee Company to sell slushies in 7-Eleven stores. However, they would later call their frozen drink a Slurpee, which is nothing like a slushy.

Celebrate National Juice Slush Day by dancing in the sunshine like nobody’s watching. Sip on delicious juice slush and fire up some inspiration for that great American novel. Run, jump, or climb for the joy of it. Sing up to the stars between refreshing tastes or just chill poolside.

The world spins faster now. There just isn’t enough time to do everything that needs to be done. National Juice Slush Day dials back the pace and brings us to a more relaxed place. No Rush…Go Slush!


  • Invite friends over for an adult juice slush beverage.
  • Make homemade juice slush drinks with your kids.
  • Try a new juice slush recipe.
  • Share your favorite flavors and stories by tagging #NationalJuiceSlushDay on social media.

Cool Tropics National Juice Slush Day



Cool Tropics founded National Juice Slush Day to celebrate the curiosity, creative energy, and joy of youth.

For 25 years Cool Tropics has specialized in fun, nutritious, and innovative snacks/beverages. Beginning as an equipment company marketing frozen slush, Cool Tropics changed course in 2008 to put a healthy twist on an old favorite. The result: an easy to serve 100% Juice Slush pouch (no equipment required).

K-12 was the ideal customer for the color, fun, and excitement of these nutritious new offerings. A perfect fit for menus, field trips, and special events. Smart Snack approved with natural colors and flavors. No sugar added. Branded partnerships with Welch’s and TGIF make Cool Tropics products a trusted family favorite. Find out how to join the fun at

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed annually on the third Wednesday of each May beginning May 16th, 2018.

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