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35 Summer Memes That Capture the Spirit of the Season

Updated: Jun. 11, 2024

These summer memes will add laughter to the warmest season of the year

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Sizzling summer memes that will have you laughing in the sun

The summer solstice is fast approaching, ushering in the season of beach visits and barbecues. Summer is such a highly anticipated season that there are tons of jokes to make at its (OK, our) expense. If you like to chuckle over the best memes or crack a few travel jokes on the plane, you’ll certainly love these summer memes, which will help you get through (and make the most of) the hottest time of the year.

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Close-up of woman sweating MEME TEXT: When your partner tells you to turn off the AC because it's not that hot
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Excuse me?

I could shower in my own sweat. Check out these summer quotes, which will get you excited for beach weather.

Meme text: This summer is going to be incredible
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Summer of naps

Thanks for the invite, but I’d rather sleep.

Woman bundled up in scarves MEME TEXT: Me after I crank up the AC inside the house
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It’s freezing

The most relatable of summer memes. Also relatable: these hilarious zodiac memes.

A tomato MEME TEXT: Me after going outside for five minutes
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More SPF, please

This is one of those relatable vacation memes. Plus, what is a tan? I only burn.

Dog on pool float MEME TEXT: Me on summer Fridays
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Out of office

If you need anything, please ask someone else. But if you need some beach captions for your Instagram photos, we have you covered.

Meme text: When you get home from the beach and the kids take off their bathing suits and shoes
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Brace yourselves

Is there any sand left at the beach? Check out these good morning memes, which will help you start your day off right.

Three bored kids sitting on a couch MEME TEXT: The kids 20 minutes into summer break
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You’re bored?

Would you prefer some homework instead? By the way, these back-to-school memes will absolutely crack you up.

Meme text: When you’re at the pool thinking you have beachy waves
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It’s natural

Have you ever seen so much frizz?

Child talking to parent at table MEME TEXT: Summer is just a series of bedtime negotiations with the kids
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Go to sleep

No, you can’t stay up until 11—but you can look at these funny animal memes.

Meme text: My chafing thighs over the summer
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Oh, it’s you again

There’s no relief till fall.

Meme text: Bringing my favorite dish to all the summer barbecues
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The most important part

You can never have enough ice at a summer cookout.

Woman lying on pool float MEME TEXT: I have a tough job, but someone has to do it
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Roughing it

Someone has to use the pool, right?

Meme text: When they ask you about your beach body
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Don’t listen to the haters

You mean the healthy body that allows me to eat barbecue and ice cream all summer? That one?

Two plastic chairs MEME TEXT: 'Tis the season to unstick your thighs from plastic chairs
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It’s time

I can already feel the sweat.

Meme text: When your friends ask you how you avoid sunburns so well
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Just don’t go outside

The sun is no match for window shades.

Meme text: The dog days of summer
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A mood

Nothing beats a summer nap. If you thought this was funny, just wait until you see these other dog memes.

Meme text: Beach is open! Time to steal the food!
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Seagulls, assemble!

Hold those fries close, and don’t let them go.

Woman holding head in bed MEME TEXT: When it's too hot to sleep with a blanket but you can't fall asleep without one
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It’s too hot

It’s impossible to fall asleep unless you are wrapped like a burrito.

Meme text: When it’s too hot to sleep with a blanket, but you can’t fall asleep without one
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To the water!

Happiness in its purest form.

Meme text: This is the life
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Anyone have a juice box?

Do you think anyone would notice if I peed in the pool?

Three kids running on the beach MEME TEXT: The entire office leaving work on a summer Friday
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Please don’t contact me

Talk to you Monday, not earlier.

Meme text: The best skin exfoliant
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Call it skin care

If you know, you know! Make sure you check out these beach puns—they’re “shore” to make you laugh.

Horse in water MEME TEXT: Hey, I'm a seahorse!
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See, he’s a horse in the sea

The water temperature feels pretty stable.

Dog with long wind blown fur MEME TEXT: When you finally walk into the AC
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Cherish it

There is nothing quite like that first blast of cold air.

Woman peeking through window MEME TEXT: Did somebody say barbecue?
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It’s hot dog time

The true scent of summer.

Man fainting on chair in front of fan MEME TEXT: Time to start complaining about the heat instead of the cold
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Switching gears

First it was too cold to go outside, and now it’s too hot.

Dog playing with lawn sprinkler MEME TEXT: The best summer activity from childhood
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Who needs a pool when the sprinkler is on?

Man crying with sunburn MEME TEXT: It's sunburn season!
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SPF 100

It’s that time of year again. Squirt on some Coppertone.

Girl holding two ice cream cones MEME TEXT: My summer diet
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Cold and delicious

It’s all about balance.

Excited woman inside a house MEME TEXT: When it's the first day of summer camp
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School’s out, and camp’s in session

Summer means a quiet household—and funny summer memes too!

Child relaxing on a hammock MEME TEXT: When tomorrow is Monday but you're on summer break
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Vacation mode

See ya, alarm.

Man with head in fridge MEME TEXT: When you keep the fridge open for an extra few seconds because it's just so hot in the house
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Who needs AC?

It feels nice in there.

Woman spraying bug spray into face MEME TEXT: Watch out! The mosquitos are coming
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Prepare for bug bites.

Hot coals on fire MEME TEXT: The inside of your car in the summer
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Hello, air conditioning

We’re all familiar with that burst of heat.

Woman throwing head back MEME TEXT: Turning your pillow to the cold side on a hot summer night
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Pure bliss

It’s the most beautiful feeling. Speaking of hot summer nights, get ready for the summer holiday with hilarious Fourth of July memes that perfectly complement these summer memes.

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