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It's Summertime on Hilton Head Island!

Vicki Shivers - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It’s finally here! The first day of summer is a glorious time of year as our thoughts turn to family vacations, time spent along the shore and fireworks to celebrate all of our favorite summer holidays!

In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the summer season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest north, which is typically on June 21st at 1:16 P.M. Ironically, the folks in the Southern half of the Earth ring in the first day of summer in December! This first day of summer, also known as the Summer Solstice, is derived from a combination of the Latin words Sol + stice which means "sun" + "to stand still." Because as the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

There's nothing quite like spending a summer day on beautiful Hilton Head Island! Summertime is always so much fun on the Island and there are so many “fun in the sun” activities to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding exactly what to do each day! The summer months in Hilton Head, from June through August, bring hot, sunny, perfect beach weather days with temperatures averaging around 89 degrees and a balmy 72 in the evening. The Island has a fairly humid climate and with the cool ocean breezes, even the hot days are very enjoyable. .

One of the best things about a summer vacation on Hilton Head is that you can do as much or as little as you want to during your visit to the Island. For those seeking adventure, take a dolphin cruise, explore our wildlife reserve and hiking trails, go parasailing, or visit nearby Daufuskie Island. Active vacationers will enjoy our championship golf courses, award winning racquet clubs and a friendly game of beach volleyball.  When you’re ready to relax, you can spend the day lounging at an oceanfront pool or splashing in the calm waters of our pristine sandy beaches! The opportunities and fun never ends!  

Summer is also a great time to take part in one of our many Island events and festivals. Popular summer festivities include Life's a beach on Hilton Head Island!HarbourFest, which features live entertainment seven nights a week, plus food, arts and crafts, fireworks and other activities, The July 4th Independence Day Celebration, Shannon Tanner’s Interactive Family Friendly Shows every night at Shelter Cove Harbour, The Hilton Head Art Festival, The Summer Jams at Shelter Cove Community Park, and The Summer Exploration Series at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Summertime also means that all of our waterfront restaurants and beach tiki bars are open with nightly live entertainment and excellent local seafood.  

Make plans to spend your summer vacation or even a long weekend on beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC and enjoy some quality family time and let your cares and stress melt away!

Summer Solstice Fun Facts:

  • Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the meal made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice, hence the name “honeymoon” for the trip newlyweds take after their wedding vows!
  • Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, where couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.
  • Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called 'chase-devil', which is known today as St. John's Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.
"From Your Place to Ours", Hilton Head Places.com