Make the Most of the Summer Solstice

Make the Most of the Summer Solstice

June 21 could easily be my favorite day of the year. It is the Summer Solstice and celebrates the longest day of daylight in the calendar year. It is countered by my least favorite day, the Winter Solstice that takes place December 21 and is only remedied by the anticipation of a long winter’s nap on the year’s longest night.

Though the Summer Solstice takes place during the work week, there are plenty of opportunities to maximize the extra minutes of daylight—we are expected to receive over 15 hours of sun-soaked bliss.

Here are a few of our ideas:

  1. Watch the sunrise by going for an early morning walk or jog. The sun rises around 6:15 am on June 21, which means you have extra time to start the day with a sun-filled endorphin blast. Consider exploring Hatcher Garden in Spartanburg and follow their “Fit in the Garden” guide to a good work out.
  2. Take lunch outside. Catch some extra Vitamin D by packing a picnic lunch and strolling through your local park. Hint: Falls Park has a splash pad near the Art Crossing galleries underneath Lazy Goat. Slip off those heels or loafers and release your inner child for a few minutes of bliss!
  3. After work, stretch it out with free yoga and King of Pops at Hampton Station in Greenville. Class begins at 5:30 and is taught by Flow Yoga (bring $3 for a popsicle after class).
  4. Up your live music game with the Poinsett Wind Symphony, playing at Furman University’s Summer Concert Series at 7:30 pm in the Lakeside Amphitheater. All concerts are free. (Tip: You can bring your own chair into the amphitheater to enjoy in comfort).
  5. Find some culture under the sun for the monthly Spartanburg Art Walk, taking place from 5 – 9 pm. Check the website to see what organizations are participating.
  6. Catch a game at the Greenville Drive. What’s more American on a long summer day than baseball? Plus, it’s dollar beer night. Snag your tickets and cheer on the Drive versus the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 pm.

However you commemorate the longest day of the year, be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Have fun in the sun!


About the Author

Kate Dabbs is the Director of Marketing and Operations at Coldwell Banker Caine. She has a passion for being active and the outdoors. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking with her husband, Dixon, and walking their black lab, Flo.