back to top

18 Awesome Things You Need To Do This Summer

Summer is FINALLY HERE!! Add a lil fun to your summer routine with some of these great excuses to celebrate. Whatever you're doing, don't forget the Coppertone®!

Posted on

Ready. Set. SUMMMEERRRR!!!!

1. June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day, a great excuse to learn how to use one!

cheezburger.com

Just watch out for the very real possibility that you will hit yourself in the face with it if you get carried away.

2. Strap on your backpack and head outdoors for a hike! June 7 is National Trails Day.

Extra points for hiking to the beach, of course.
Priscilla Gragg / Blend Images / Getty Images

Extra points for hiking to the beach, of course.

3. Don't forget to call your Dad — June 15 is Father's Day!

cheezburger.com

Seriously, he deserves it!

4. Get together with friends to make crowns of flowers for Midsummer on June 21.

Known as Midsommar in Sweden, this celebration involves making crowns of flowers and dancing around a pole (that part is less weird than it sounds).
Peter Salanki / (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: salanki

Known as Midsommar in Sweden, this celebration involves making crowns of flowers and dancing around a pole (that part is less weird than it sounds).

5. Or take a step further and dress up for Golowan, a traditional Cornish Midsummer celebration

Jim Richardson / National Geographic / Getty Images
Jim Richardson / National Geographic / Getty Images

Like Midsommar, Golowan celebrations involve bonfires and wreaths of flowers, but mixed with scary skull disguises and children dressed as pirates. Fun!

6. Celebrate all that is French with some wine and good cheese on Bastille Day, July 14.

tacotwelvepack.tumblr.com

In New York, the French alliance sets up on 60th Street for crepes, accordion music, and everything blue, blanc rouge.

7. Find out if the truth is out there at the Roswell UFO Festival happening July 3-6.

I Want to Believe
Bruce Fingerhood / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: springfieldhomer

I Want to Believe

8. Close your eyes and kiss the sky at the Stoweflake Hot Air Ballon Festival in Vermont July 11-13.

Scared of heights? The show is just as beautiful from below, don't worry.
John Kieffer / Photolibrary / Getty Images

Scared of heights? The show is just as beautiful from below, don't worry.

9. July is Hot Dog Month — indulge in some frank and buns!

pettank0.tumblr.com

Remember the rule: mustard, no ketchup.

10. Look up and enjoy the summer sky — the Perseids will be the most visible from August 9-13 this year!

theworldalivee.tumblr.com

Don't forget to make a wish. Wish suggestion: that summer last forever.

11. July 24 is proven to be the hottest day of the year in most places, time to head to the water park!

Lelia Valduga / Moment / Getty Images

12. For more thrills, head to the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge where the competition is fierce.

The annual "challenge" takes place every year; this year it's on July 26. May the best crab win!
Ingetje Tadros / Getty Images

The annual "challenge" takes place every year; this year it's on July 26. May the best crab win!

13. Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day and a great excuse to try an exciting new flavor.

Le Mars, Iowa is the country's ice cream capital — perhaps this day calls for a road trip!

14. Craving something savory? Take in the sights and smells of the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Eugen Kim / CC / Via youtube.com

Taking place on July 25, 26, and 27, the festival includes a heated cook-off competition and lots and lots of good eats.

15. Burn those hot dogs and ice cream off with a little run at the Elvis Presley 5K Run in Memphis, Tennessee on August 16.

Fun in Acapulco / Hal Wallis Productions / Via fanpop.com

Letting that handsome face inspire you to run a little faster.

16. Make your way to Providence, Rhode Island for one of the stunning lightings of the WaterFire installation.

Water + fire = wow. The event will happen twice in July and twice in August, find the full schedule here.
Lou Jones / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images

Water + fire = wow. The event will happen twice in July and twice in August, find the full schedule here.

17. August 26 is National Dog Day — go ahead and squeeze your furry buddy extra hard today.

babypandaburr.tumblr.com

As if you needed an excuse!

18. Last but not least, send summer off in style with a Labor Day BBQ, wherever you are!

You deserved it!
Liza McCorkle / E+ / Getty Images

You deserved it!