What determines the first day of summer? The Summer Solstice! It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and it always comes either June 20 or 21. That being said, Happy First Day of Summer!


The excitement of summer brings relaxation, vacation, beach days, and lots of fun in the sun! With so much going on, don’t forget to stay hydrated, wear light and airy clothes, slather on the sunscreen, don a hat for extra sun protection, and cover your eyes with sunglasses!


If you think you’ll forget, remember the 5 S’s!


  1. Slip – on long sleeved or sun protection clothing
  2. Slop – on sunscreen and make sure you reapply every 2 hours
  3. Slap – on a hat to cover your face, scalp and neck
  4. Seek – shade or shelter during peak hours
  5. Slide – on UV protective sunglasses


Need some activities? Here are some fun ways to celebrate a Happy First Day of Summer with your friends and family:


Play with Shadows

Plan an old fashioned BBQ (or order takeout from your favorite local BBQ restaurant, don’t forget to look for the tamper seal label and your receipt)

Have a picnic lunch in the park or your own backyard (do carry out and save yourself the prep)

Make homemade ice cream (or go to your favorite local ice cream shop)

Build a sundial with your kids

Campout in your backyard

Make sun tea

Create sun themed arts & crafts

Head to the beach with a good book and some sun protection (don’t forget snacks from your favorite local eatery)


Any way you decide to celebrate the first day of summer is sure to be a blast! Support your local restaurants this summer. You can’t go wrong!