Summer solstice is June 21: How to celebrate the first day of summer 2013

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJune 20, 2013 

June 21 marks the summer solstice, which The Washington Post describes as "the longest daylight period of the year and the start of astronomical summer in Earth’s northern hemisphere."

If we're going to get technical, the day involves all sorts of references to celestial events. Read more about that stuff here.

The bottom line? Summer has officially arrived. Pump up the AC and check out my top 10 ways to celebrate.

1: Clean your grill.

Recent study results suggest the average barbecue grill has twice as many germs as the typical toilet seat. A few disclaimers: The study focused on barbecue grills in the U.K., and it was reportedly commissioned by a company that makes cleaning products. But still...yuck. Take a few minutes and clean that nasty thing.

2: Bring your dog to work.

Conveniently, June 21 is also Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day. This is not a universally recognized holiday, so it's probably best to get your employer's approval. And please skip this one if your dog can't control his or her bodily functions. Otherwise...enjoy!

3: Get a pedicure.

Yes, this advice is for readers of both genders. Men: There is absolutely no shame in taking care of your feet, especially during flip-flop season. I know finances are tough and it's hard to justify extra expenses. But consider the alternative:

4: Exercise.

Crazy suggestion, right? But if you're trying to get in shape for swimsuit season, there's still time to sign up for the Columbus Roadrunners' Summer Solstice 5K and 1-mile races. The road races will be held Saturday evening (June 22) at 7600 Schomburg Road in Columbus. Learn more here.

5: Get your Stonehenge on.

"Stonehenge in the United Kingdom has been associated with the winter and summer solstices for about 5,000 years," according to National Geographic. Read everything you need to know about Stonehenge here.

6: Go skateboarding.

Fun fact: Go Skateboarding Day also falls on June 21, according to the day's website.

7: Bust a funky move to a cool summer jam.

Anyone else think this is the unofficial song of the summer?

8: Visit a public pool.

You might want to heed the foot hygiene advice before putting this plan into action, but I won't judge. Either way, click here to access hours and facilities information for Columbus' public pools.

9: Enjoy an adult beverage (responsibly).

The Pioneer Woman has a pretty phenomenal recipe for mango margaritas. Not impressed? Visit Witty and Pretty to learn how to make a lime-coconut cocktail that sounds perfect for summer.

10: Reevaluate your extra body hair.

Or not.

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