Summer is once again off to a fast start: it officially began on June 21st. Though in some parts of our country, the southwest in particular with its record heat temperatures, residents probably feeling like summer started over a month ago. And then there are other parts of the country that have less than 100 days of summer before the cold dread of winter takes over.
Local meteorologists look upon summer as a countdown to the end of hurricane season on November 30th – ( there are 162 days to go – but who’s counting.)
Most Florida residents enjoy the lessening of traffic; the last of the snow birds are ‘back north’ by May. Though frankly givien the amount of growth South Florida has had during the past 5 years, it seems to be a moot point. And others love the break from school–
So why does summer start on the 21st? According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the beginning of summer coincides with Summer Solstice. This is the longest day with the most sunlight of the year. (It’s still the longest day, even if it rains).
Celebrations for Summer Solstice have been around for almost as long as humans. Historians believe that Stonehenge has some tie to calendars for prehistoric civilizations in Wiltshire. In China they celebrate the “yin” or feminine forces of mother Earth during summer solstice. In Europe northern countries also celebrate the Earth being alive by lighting bonfires and dancing around maypoles.
Closer to home, Native Americans held dances to honor the sun on the longest day of the year. Even closer to home, South Florida celebrates summer by offering events to the full time residents and visitors that dare to bare the heat and humidity of our summer.
- Summer concert series at night at Mizner Park are offered on Friday nights with tribute bands playing music we are all familiar with.
- Palm Beach County offers a plethora of summer classes throughout their community centers that teach anything from yoga to cards.
- Cinemark Theatres are offering their 10 kid friendly movies for $5 Click here for participating movie theatres
- The Summer Savings Pass (4 attractions for the price of 1) is back again this year and goes through September 30th. Visit Lion Country Safari, the Miami Zoo Miami Seaquarium
- The South Florida Adventure Pass offers 7 different park visits that are unlimited admission as well through September 30th
- Why not give golf a try? No better time than now. Palm Beach County golf courses offer discounted rates on golf during the summer. You can even rent golf clubs at most courses.
- Have you ever considered boating? Did you know most marinas in the area will rent a boat for a few hours? There are over 20 location within our area. Many of them offer a lesson. Not comfortable renting a boat, you can hire a driver in many locations too.
- The BEACH! All of us live within driving distance of the beach. No better time than now to enjoy the beauty of summer.
So go out and enjoy the beauty of our local area!
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