Summer Begins When?

By | Jun 1, 2012

It’s the first of June and to some the summer has already begun even though the actual first day of summer is not until June 20th when Summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 7:09 P.M. (EDT).

My grandmother told me that when she was a kid, she felt that the summer began on May 1st. It was on that day that her parents allowed the kids to run around outside without shoes. Shoes were a luxury when she was a child so during the summer hardly anyone, even the adults wore shoes.

When I was a kid, to me the first day of summer came at the end of the last day of school. It was then that the long school year ended and we were now getting ready to enjoy the short summer. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to enjoy a 2 1/2 month summer vacation now, running around with our friends without a care in the world.

June 1st is also a good day to call the first day of summer. It is the day that I always shoot for before I turn on the A/C in the house. This of course is more for cost saving than keeping cool. It has happen a few times, but usually sometime after mid May it seems to get hot enough that the A/C needs to come on. This year that was during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Which is another of the days that could be considered the first day of summer. To many, including it seems the media, this is the unofficial first day of summer. But what day would that be? Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Memorial Day Monday. I suppose it would be at 5 o’clock on Friday when the workday ends. That is unless you take off that Friday and then it would be at the end of work on Thursday.

Take your pick. Seems that any day between the 1st of May until the Summer Solstice can be considered the first day of summer. As for me, I’m still a kid at heart so the first day of summer is still a week away when schools where I live ends around noon on June 8th.


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