So much of our discussion about summer is about getting away from it all. We usually mean travel. I get it. I’m spending a week at Disney World in August.
But summer doesn’t have to be about getting away. There could be tons of fun to be had right in your hometown. You can enjoy it without packing or going through security. You don’t have to make reservations or sell a kidney to afford it (see reference to Disney World above — though I am the queen of getting Disney deals). Many local events are free or very low cost. And the money you do spend stays in the community, so even that’s a win.
Now, what sort of things am I talking about. My neighborhood has free concerts and movies on Fridays during the summer. I can pick up dinner at a local restaurant and have a great evening out. I can even bring my dog!
Some communities mark the Fourth of July with parades, festivals, picnics, and fireworks. Churches and local organizations may host summer festivals or picnics (often with amazing homemade food ad baked goods!).
Arts and crafts festivals offer food, entertainment, and an opportunity to buy beautiful handmade items from the people who created them (and maybe to start your Christmas shopping early).
Libraries and museums often offer special summer programs like lectures, book or film festivals, reading groups, and the like.
Take a few minutes this week to scope out what’s happening in your community. You may be pleasantly surprised! Just remember to save some time to relax!