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 20-22: MidsummerMichaelmas is the Christian feast day of St. Michael. Because it falls near the start of autumn, it was traditionally an autumnal and harvest festival in the British isles. Some foods associated with Michaelmas are roast goose, blackberry pie, and a bread made of barley, oats, and rye called St. Michael's bannock.
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.