15 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

Here's what to do on the longest (and best) day of the year.

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Not only is June 21 the first official day of summer, but it’s also (conveniently) the longest day of the year, giving us plenty of time to celebrate, of course. So we rounded up a few of our favorite summer solstice activities to help you make the most of your day and to get you excited about the fun-filled months ahead. Take a look!


Devour the biggest ice cream cone you can get your hands on, but don’t forget to snap an obligatory Instagram pic first.


Find the perfect summer-inspired art print to match your style—from preppy sailboat illustrations and ocean sunrises to pineapples and retro RVs.


Meet friends for an al fresco dinner with the yummiest, most picturesque spread possible.

Photography by LAUREN WELLS


. Bring the outdoors in by decorating your home with fresh and seasonal florals.


. Make a summer reading list and get reading! Need help? We’ve got a few can’t-miss selections here.


Plan an impromptu trip: be it an adventure-packed weekend jaunt or a relaxing getaway.


Add some style to your yard with trendy backyard games or a colorful hammock to soak up the sun.


Paint your room citron— the official color of summer 2017. But if you’re not ready to go all out, incorporate this fun, optimistic shade into your home in your own way.


Staycation at a local, luxe hotel pool and flaunt your boldest choice in swimwear.

Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN


Decorate your outdoor patio with string lights and greenery to transform it into the ultimate summer hangout. Dare to make it as dreamy as Whitney Leigh Morris’s backyard oasis.


Compile the ultimate summer bucket list with friends, including must-see rooftop bars, concerts, and activities. Make a promise to yourself to check off every single item by the end of the season.


Put together your own summer playlist to jam to all season long.

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | Styled by Meghan McNeer


Take refuge from the heat and make DIY spiked summer punch with friends.


Create your own personalized watermelon pizza, using inspiration from these recipes.


. Invest in the chicest boxed wine you can find and imbibe as you watch the sun go down with friends.

Be sure to let us know what you’re choosing to do to celebrate!

This story is part of our special 100 Days of Summer series. You can find more tips and fun ideas here.

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