1. I’ll let others debate the relative merits of “balloons,” “cupcakes,” and “songs,” but the chief virtue of a summer birthday is easy: NO SCHOOL. Do you really want to spend your special day trapped in a classroom or cramming for a test? I didn’t think so.
2. Science tells us to soak in the rays: Summer birthdays are good for your health!
In 2010, a team of research scientists affiliated with Vanderbilt University exposed baby mice to varying levels of sunlight. Their findings, unpacked in a report published in Nature Neuroscience, suggested that those raised in summer-like conditions had friendlier personalities and “coped better than those who went through the winter cycle.” The winter-cycle mice exhibited symptoms akin to humans suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Douglas McMahon, one of the study’s authors, also noted in an interview with the Daily Mail that their work (and that of others) revealed “people born in the winter months have an elevated risk of mood disorders such as seasonal depression, bipolar depression, and schizophrenia.” Yikes!
3. So many prezzies, so little competition from holiday fatigue.
1. A summer birthday puts you on the far side of the Christmas orbit, when gift fatigue ebbs lowest.
2. I feel for anyone with a birthday in December or January, sentenced as you are to a lifetime of awkward combo gifts from cheapskate family members.
3. Aside from July Fourth, summer lacks for any major holidays that might otherwise crowd the calendar.
5. …which means you have outdoor options. Like a bike ride. Or mini golf. Or a hike. Or a barbecue. Or a day at the beach. Or white-water rafting. Or a baseball game. Or, DUH. Endless, the possibilities are.
6. Included amongst those possibilities: SKYDIVING! Go with a group of your mates, at least six, and you might be able to negotiate a group discount, especially if you pay in cash. It’s an amazing rush and literally anyone can do it. Like this guy; he’s 90!
7. Yeah, the water park is crowded, but that’s not to say that you can’t have your own pool party.
8. So, maybe it is unbearably hot on your summer birthday. Beat the heat by dipping into an air-conditioned movie theater. Remember: Summer is the season of the blockbuster.
9. In a world absolutely saturated with mobile devices and smart phones, you get avalanched with TONS of birthday messages from your friends and family on social media. Even better, because the weather is nice, they actually mean it!
10. The same sentiment, only expressed here in hilarious graph form.
11. Ice cream tastes better in the summer. Ice cream in the summer on your birthday? That’s next level shit right there.
12. Let’s circle back to those presents: Because the weather is nice, you can actually use them. Outside. As they were meant to be. Try doing that in February with a bike, baseball glove, or tank top.
13. It’s true that someone with a summer birthday will trend younger in a peer group, but is this really a disadvantage? Your friends will hit 21 earlier, but they’ll also hit 30 and 40 first, too. At best, a draw for them.
14. People flaking on your party “because it’s summer and they already have vacation plans”? Make your own damn travel plans! This year, it’s Weezer at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas with a pair of my besties. “You take your car to work…”
15. Weezer not your bag but live music is? Find a music festival to celebrate at! If it’s summer, there’s one going on somewhere.
16. Astrology is definitely suspect, but alone among the signs, the Leo stands out. Represented by a lion (pretty fierce, yo), we’re confident, enthusiastic, charismatic, and creative. In a nutshell, we’re awesome.
17. Famous Leos include Barack Obama, Andy Warhol, Tom Brady, and a rich concentration of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, all of which is to say that you’re keeping good company, winning company.
18. FACT: Summer birthdays get pretty exuberant. Expect lots and lots of high fives!
- Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker who was accused of helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from a New York prison, pleaded guilty and faces up to seven years in prison.
- Several people have been wounded after a shooting near Barcelona's famed La Rambla street, according to Spanish media.
- President Obama addressed the 54-member African Union, a first for a sitting U.S. president. The speech marks the end of his historic five-day trip to East Africa.