26 Nostalgic Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer
Dive, sip, snack, splash, play, and laugh your way into this magnificent season. No one can resist a bean-bag toss!
Burn a marshmallow
What’s a good s’more without a slightly singed marshmallow? Celebrate with a bonfire with friends or just use a burner on the stove and whip up the classic sticky-sweet summer treat in minutes. Nothing says “summer is starting” like a little bit of marshmallow stuck in your hair and a smear of chocolate on your chin! Get inspired by these 10 delicious s’mores recipes.
Find the Milky Way
Anyone can spot a star or even a planet on a clear night but it takes getting far away from bright city lights to get a glimpse of our galaxy. But, oh, is it worth it! Take a nighttime drive or hike into nature and prepare to be blown away by how small you are and how amazing our world is. While you’re there check out these cool things you can only see in the night sky during summer.
Roll up your pants and go wading
There’s something so satisfying about stripping off sweaty socks and shoes and bathing your tired tootsies in a nearby creek, river, lake, or ocean. Even a full gutter or sidewalk puddle is perfect for splashing! Plus, wading through nice, cool water is one of the 50 ways to have your healthiest summer ever.
Sip a mint julep
Sweet mint syrup adds the perfect summer flavor to standard drinks. Daytime? Enjoy some sweet mint tea. Evening? Make it a julep by adding a shot of bourbon.
Hit up an ice cream truck
Remember when the familiar dulcet tones of “Turkey in The Straw” floating through the hot, summer air sent every kid in your neighborhood running out to the ice cream truck? And then the crushing disappointment of not having enough change? Well, now you’re an adult and definitely fast enough and rich enough to get a delicious caramel cone or dreamsicle from the ice cream man. Everyone knows treats from the ice cream truck just taste better!
Sit out on the porch in the evening
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The first night of summer is tailor-made for porch sitting. It’s not too cold nor too hot and the smell of fresh grass and the sparkle of lightning bugs will have all your neighbors drifting outside too. Enjoy the quiet evening air or strike up a fun new friendship.
Make homemade root beer
Pick up a packet (carefully!) of dry ice, a bag of sugar, and a bottle of root beer extract from the grocery store, mix in a large container, and watch the magic of carbonation take place. Share your summer concoction with family, friends, and especially kids. It’s as entertaining as it is tasty. Talk about a sweet science experiment!
Jump off a diving board
When’s the last time you had an adrenaline rush that didn’t come from crazy traffic or forgetting your cell phone in a restaurant? Instead, get your endorphins going the way you did as a kid: With a jump off a diving board. High or low, backflip or belly flop—whatever you choose, it’ll be a rush! Add this to the list of 22 things you must do before summer ends.
Buy a yummy smelling sunscreen
Nothing brings on the anticipation of summer like a whiff of orange- or coconut-scented sunscreen. There’s something about the combination of heat and sweet scents that makes it feel like the beach is right around the corner (even if it’s really miles away). Bonus: Wearing daily sunscreen is one of the 38 non-negotiable beauty rules so you might as well pick one with a summery scent!
Make summer fruit skewers
Summer brings a bounty of fresh, seasonal, fruit. Enjoy the just-picked flavor (along with healthy vitamins and fiber) by making simple skewers of berries, cut-up peaches, pineapple, grapes, or any other of your favorite fruits. Why the skewer? Because food is always more fun on a stick. You know we’re right.