Summer is in full swing. You put away your big coats and boots in the closet, and now you like to wear light clothes and sandals that don’t require layers of socks. Barbecues are your new go-to for dinner parties; trips to the beach are frequent (or at least trips to the swimming pool); and, of course, your children have fun shouting, laughing and running outside. It’s no wonder summer is the favorite time of year for everyone in the family. Summer really is the perfect, lazy season… which just doesn’t seem to last long enough. Which begs the question: When does summer end?
While you really want to enjoy every moment of the remaining warmer months without worrying about it ending, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead so you can do those last minute summer activities or prepare special things. to do. with the children to commemorate the end of summer.
When does summer end?
You’re probably starting to feel like summer is ending as the days get shorter and the humidity drops at night, and you can feel the fall in the air. The last day of summer corresponds to the autumnal equinox in September, which marks the first day of autumn. This is determined by the sun passing over the equator in a southerly motion, causing the sun to shine its rays equally on both sides of the hemisphere. As soon as the moment passes, the North Pole moves away from the sun, and that’s why we have those long dark nights in the fall.
Does summer end on the same day every year?
No. Although it falls around the same time in September, within days, the end of summer — aka the autumnal equinox — doesn’t start on the same day every year. Earth has its own deadlines, which is why we have a leap year every four years.
Thus, in 2022, the last day of summer in North America is Thursday, September 22.
What are some ways to celebrate the end of summer?
Although no one really wants to celebrate the end of summer, it’s a great opportunity to get a little creative, spend some family time with the kids, soak up the sun and enjoy the warm weather. as much as you can before you need them. to grab a sweater.
You don’t have to travel far to sleep under the stars and experience the magic of being outdoors at night. It can be very simple. If you don’t have a tent, you can set up a makeshift one with heavy blankets and poles or pegs. Grab sleeping bags and roast S’mores on the grill or barbecue while you stay up late telling ghost stories and playing flashlight games.
- Host an outdoor movie night
Likewise, you can host an outdoor movie night with the kids as your very own drive-in movie theater. You can take a large sheet, hang it against the fence, and use a projector to watch your movie. Don’t have a projector? No problem. You can pull out your laptop and stream movies online while snuggling up with blankets and pillows, and, of course, don’t forget to pop some popcorn.
- Go for a walk and get some ice cream
Celebrating the end of summer doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Sometimes it can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood together, enjoying the warm weather and beautiful flowers while grabbing the ultimate summertime treat: your favorite scoop of ice cream.
- Plan the next summer vacation
Close this summer by anticipating next summer. Make a plan of all the things you want to do next year that you couldn’t do this year, including your upcoming family summer vacation. You might even want to create a vision board to help kids be more excited—and less disappointed—as summer is coming to an end.