It’s hard to believe that we celebrated America’s 241st birthday nearly a week ago.

It’s also hard to believe that the following day — July 5, 2017 — flyers promoting “Back to Campus” merchandise arrived in the mail. Display cases filled with glue sticks, crayons, markers and more appeared in area department stores.

Really? Already?!

Well, let’s add Halloween decor to the mix. Perusing an Allentown area mall last Friday (July 7), a black cat sporting an orange witch hat graced a shelf in a card store. Talk about rushing the holidays. Bring on the Christmas trees! (Sarcasm.)

While time marches on and commercialism encourages early buying for the holidays, let’s hang on to what remains of summer. The sun still shines, the heat still bears down and there’s still a lot of sights and sounds to take in and enjoy.

Yes, I’m revisiting the things that summer brings. What can I say? I love summer. For one, it’s the time of year I entered the world. My birthday falls just before the Fourth of July.

Speaking of the Fourth, that holiday screams summer — cookouts with picnic foods, backyard fun, swimming, camping, sparklers and, of course, fireworks.

July is also known as National Ice Cream Month. I doubly checked this fact and discovered how it all originated.

According to the International Dairy Foods Association’s website, President Ronald Reagan designated July for ice cream in 1984. Reagan also declared the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. It’s coming up this weekend, (July 16, 2017), so celebrate appropriately!

From a mom’s perspective, the best thing about summer is spending time with my kiddos without school worries. It’s just nice to get a break from all of that. Some activities continue, but events and adventures abound even more.

The adventures can crop up even with an early evening trip to the supermarket. As we drove along a road past a farm field the other day, fireflies blinked constantly. It looked like a mini light show. What a perk of summer in a rural setting. It’s a little one, but a neat one.

Enjoy your summer adventures with your families, whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic in the park or a gathering around a fire pit.