The sun is out, the kids are outside playing (hopefully!), the birds are chirping, and its summertime! Summer is the best time of year, according to kids, since school is in recess. As children turn into adults, summer break turns into...just summer. That doesn’t mean the fun necessarily stops, though – especially the fun with numbers!
According to statisticbrain.com, only 45 percent of Americans take summer vacations, and will only travel an average of 284 miles one-way. The most common place for a family to vacation in the U.S. is Florida. When on vacation, 45 percent go to the beach, 42 percent go to a city, and 21 percent choose national parks as their destination. July is the most popular time to go on vacation.
Though vacations are part of any great summer, cook outs are too. It seems like the 4th of means barbeques are a must. Also from statisticbrain.com: 80 percent of people attend cookouts or barbeques, and 76 percent get together with their families during the Independence Day holiday. Thirty-two percent of Americans watch a 4th of July parade, and 63 percent attend fireworks shows. When it comes to the food, 150,000,000 hot dogs are consumed; 700 million pounds of chicken and 190 million pounds of red meat are purchased during the week of 4th of July.
June 21 – a.k.a. the first day of Summer – marks the longest day of the year, due to the tilt in the earth’s axis. This can be a celebration for some folks who aren’t necessarily Wiccans or Druids; Many Alaskans, for example, enjoy a ritual baseball game “under the midnight sun.” Unfortunately for them, more sun does not necessarily mean more heat…it’s still ALASKA, after all.
Speaking of heat, summer is the time to keep your body safe. Drink lots of water, to remain hydrated if your activities bring you outdoors…ask your doctor how much water you should drink for your body weight. And of course, wear lots of sunscreen…an SPF of at least 30 should be applied to all exposed skin every two hours, for the best protection.
Now, get out there, and enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…you have a limited number of days left, after all!