Holidays of Summer
June 20-22: Summer SolsticeThe summer solstice is the first official day of the summer season. It's also the longest day of the year and has the shortest night, and days after the summer solstice gradually shorten until the winter solstice arrives in December.
June 19-25: MidsummerMidsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice common in northern European countries. It's often observed the first weekend after the actual date of the solstice, to fit celebrations around school and work schedules. While Midsummer traditions vary according to culture, outdoor festivities including bonfires, maypoles, and fairs are common. In many countries, the day before Midsummer, or Midsummer's Eve, is marked as the main holiday.
See The Sun for more on Midsummer.
July 4: Independence DayIndependence Day, or the Fourth of July, is the American national holiday celebrating the declaration of independence of the United States from Great Britain. It is commonly celebrated with barbeques or picnics and fireworks displays.
July 15: St. Swithun's DaySt. Swithun's Day is the Christian feast day of the Anglo-Saxon St. Swithun. In British folklore, the weather on St. Swithin's Day is supposed to predict the weather for the next forty days: if it rains, it will continue for forty days, and if it doesn't, it will be dry for forty days.
September 1-7: Labor DayLabor Day is an American public holiday honoring trade unions. Since it falls on the first Monday in September, it forms part of a long weekend considered the unofficial end of summer.
See Jobs and Professions for more on Labor Day and literary selections about old-fashioned jobs.