20 Fun Facts About Summer – Summertime is Here!
Welcome Summer 2019!
Whether your plans include staying close to home, going on a vacation, or taking a road trip, there’s probably a lot of cool and fun things you might not have known about the warmest season of the year. We’ve compiled 20 fun facts about summer to help get you in the spirit of the season!
- The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
- The first day of summer is between June 20th and June 22nd every year. The first day of summer is called the summer solstice, and the day varies due to the Earth’s rotation not exactly reflecting our calendar year.
- The last day of summer is September 20th.
- Watermelon is one of summer’s best summer treats. Did you know that watermelons are not a fruit, but a vegetable instead? They belong to the cucumber family of vegetables.
- The Eiffel Tower actually grows in the heat of the summer. Due to the iron expanding, the tower grows about 6 inches every summer.
- If you love ice cream, the summer season should be your favorite. July is national ice cream month.
- Another interesting fact about summer is that television shows used to only be reruns during the summer months. The idea being that everyone was outside enjoying the weather.
- A June fun fact is that the month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno.
- The first women’s bathing suit was created in the 1800’s. It came with a pair of bloomers.
- The “dog days of summer” refer to the dates from July 3rd to August 11th. They are named so after the Sirius the Dog Star. This star is located in the constellation of Canis Major.
- Frisbee’s, invented in the 1870’s as a pie plate, but in the 1940’s, college students began throwing them around. They have since stopped being used for pie plates and are now a summertime staple.
- For a July fun fact, Roman general Marc Antony named the month of July after Julius Caesar.
- July is national blueberry month.
- The longest day of the year is on the summer solstice.
- Mosquito’s are most prevalent during summer months. Mosquito’s have been on earth for more than 30 million years.
- Most theme and water parks are on a summer seasonal schedule. Most amusement parks have a full time season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- August was named after Julius Caesar’s nephew. He had received the title of “Augustus” which means “reverend”.
- The first National Spelling Bee was held on June 17th, 1825.
- More thunderstorms occur during summer than any other time of year. They are also take place more commonly in the south east of England.
- Ice pops were invented in 1905 by an 11 year old boy.
Hopefully these fun facts have you excited for the summer. Now you’ll be able to plan an epic getaway and create long lasting memories with friends and family.