7 ways to celebrate the summer solstice

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7 ways to celebrate the summer solstice

There's so much to do in the Gem City between Memorial Day and Labor Day -- here's ten ideas sure to wow your crowd (video by Tabatha Wharton)

Get out your tarot cards, cleanse your crystals and check your astrological birth chart. The summer solstice is once again upon us.

Regardless of your belief (or lack thereof) in the pagan traditions of old, the scientific summer solstice, also known as the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs Wednesday, June 21, at 12:24 a.m. EDT. That's when Earth reaches its maximum tilt and the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere, creating the maximum amount of daylight from sunrise to sunset.

We'll have 93 precious days until the autumnal equinox occurs at 4:02 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

Summer goes fast, so let's make the most of it. Here are our seven favorite ways to celebrate the official beginning of summer and to keep celebrating all summer long.

1.) Plan a picnic

Finding the perfect place to BYOB (bring your own basket) is a breeze with our favorite parks to spread out that blanket and relax with good friends and good food. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

Take advantage of the near-endless sunlight and take your meal al fresco. Whether you’re in your back yard, at a nearby park, or make an adventure out of going somewhere new, nourishing your body in the basking glow of sunlight is a prime way to welcome summer.

2.) Get active

There is a full slate of local cycling events on tap for National Bike Month. CONTRIBUTED Contributing Writer

The Dayton area is chock-full of great ways to become one with nature — if by becoming one you mean breaking a sweat while taking in some breathtaking views. 

3.) Go swimming

If full-on pool days aren't quite what you want, these area splash pads are sure to help you beat the heat this summer. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

Nothing quite says summer like putting on a swimsuit and getting drenched. Whether you fancy a leisurely jaunt through a splash pad or a relaxing day by the pool, let yourself commune with water (just as long as you remember your sunscreen)!

4.) Camp out

While the Hocking Hills State Park is beautiful any time of year, with its scenic waterfalls and caves, many additional activities are offered in the warmer months. Park goers can enjoy horseback riding, ziplining, canoeing, and other activities in the area.

Forego modern structural and technological conveniences altogether and become one with the woods (or campsite). Besides, nothing says earthy summer nights than a campfire and of course, s’mores.

5.) Become a kid again

Spending time with your kids can help you remember the summers of your youth during summer solstice. (TABATHA WHARTON) Tabatha Wharton

Pay homage to Mother Earth by getting in touch with your inner child. Be silly with your kids, or call up your friends for some old school playground games like tag or red rover and bask in the unbridled joy of carefree summers, if only for a day.

One of the best playgrounds in the area is hidden up in the hillside of Carillon Historical Park. Watch our Tabatha Wharton and her kids take the crazy set of slides head on. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

6.) Eat

The plane atop The Hangar greets you as you enter the Wing Walker Patio. Jim Ingram

Fill your face and your soul with sweet treats and delicious delicacies best enjoyed while the weather is warm and the sun is bright. Bonus points for partaking in your food of choice while on a patio or other outside seating.

7.) Take a road trip

Crystal stalactite at Ohio Caverns. submitted

Sometimes the best thing you can do is just get out of town. Go explore somewhere new, whether it’s across town or across the state. Use the sunlight to help you burn up the road and create memories you won’t soon forget.


Contributors:
  • Connie Post
  • Tabatha Wharton
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