Who doesn't like summer? Just the word summer brings back memories of sunny days, freedom from schoolwork, and cool drinks. No school, plenty of time to do anything you want, and best of all, not having to wake up early!
Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is the day that Americans celebrate their indepedence from Britain. Traditionally, many firework displays and outdoor barbecue parties take place on this day. Here are some facts you might not have known about this nationally celebrated holiday!
For more fun facts about the Fourth of July, go to this website: 17 fun facts on this festive Fourth of July
Memorial Day is a national holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of May every year. This holiday remembers all the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for the United States in the Armed Forces. Memorial Day is often confused with Veteran's Day. Memorial Day is specifically for those who died serving their country, while Veterans' Day honors everyone who served in the military. Many people gather together to celebrate this day by placing flowers and American flags on the graves. Here are some interesting facts about Memorial Day!
- Memorial Day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868, and was called Decoration Day.
- The red poppy is a traditional symbol of Memorial Day (many veterans wear them to commemorate the day).
- Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer, while Labor Day traditionally marks the end.
- The origins of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War, when more lives were lost than in any other war in US history.
For more interesting facts about this federal holiday, go to this website: Interesting things about Memorial Day
Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
Everyone knows that there are benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that are in season. So here are some things you might not have known about each fruit or vegetable!
- Watermelons are widely consumed during summer, because of its high water content (watermelons are 92% water) and sweet taste.
- Although many people classify watermelons as fruits, they are actually vegetables that are linked to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
- The United States currently ranks 5th in worldwide production of watermelon!
- The mango is known as the 'king of fruit' throughout the world.
- Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago.
- The mango tree is a symbol of love.
- Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
- There are, on average, 200 seeds on one strawberry.
- Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.