Swoon for June

June — a month for brides and their fathers, or any father, along with flags and summer sun.

Begin by trooping the colors on Flag Day, first established by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. It’s also the 245th birthday of the U.S. Army, established in 1775.

Six days later, you can salute the sun as it reaches the highest point in the Northern Hemisphere over the Tropic of Cancer for the summer solstice. Although it’s also known as midsummer, it marks the beginning of summer. And while it can fall on any of three days, June 20 through 22, this year it falls on June 20. Those who are interested in the exact moment of the sun’s zenith should set their watches and cellphones that day for 5:43 p.m. EDT.

A day later, tell dad how much he means to you on Father’s Day, June 21 — founded in Spokane, Washington, on June 19, 1908, by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Smart Dodd, was a Civil War veteran and single father of six. Assist dad at the grill, gear up for a game of catch or get set for some throwback sporting events on the tube.

Last but certainly not least, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will go on in New York City. And anyway, not even a pandemic can stop the celebration of the Declaration of Independence, signed this day in 1776. So get out the grill, kick back and have a spectacular Fourth.

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