First Day of Summer

The summer solstice marks the first day of summer. In the northern hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is at its highest position in the sky.  The summer solstice in 2016 will occur on June 20 and signals the start of another New York City summer filled with exciting activities. Here are some of the fun things to do in the NYC area on the first day of summer and during the rest of the warmest season:


  • Books Beneath the Bridge

Do you love books? Does a night under the stars with other book lovers sound enjoyable? If so, this event may be perfect for you. Books Beneath the Bridge has been a yearly event since 2012 and has featured esteemed authors like Patti Smith and Martin Amis. For six Monday nights throughout July and August, authors read from their work, sign books and more. Each Author represents one of six independent bookstores in Brooklyn.


Book Beneath the Bridge will be held at Brooklyn Bridge Park at 334 Furman Street. The first night is July 11 and the event starts at 7PM.


  • Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival

This 50 year-old event focuses on the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra but features a variety of guests including violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Emanuel Ax. On opening night will feature Mozart's opera music along with Mark Morris's Mozart Dances.


The Mostly Mozart Festival will be held at Lincoln Center (at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza) from July 22 to August 27.


  • That Physics Show

This show is based on hundreds of experiments performed by physics demonstrator David Maiullo. In this off-Broadway show, he performs some of the physics experiments that are demonstrated before classrooms and conferences around the country. Over 90 minutes, he performs experiments on energy, friction and sound vibration among many others. Maiullo has 20 years of experience demonstrating physics at Rutgers University.


That Physics Show is held at Elektra Theatre on W 43rd St. and runs from July 2 to July 30. 


  • Champagne Brunch Aboard the Shearwater

Take a leisurely cruise that departs from North Cove Marina and that features a traditional New York Brunch. The menu includes muffins, croissants along with salmon and bagels served buffet style. There will be mimosas as well. Beer, wine and other cocktails cost extra. The Shearwater's capacity is capped at 40 passengers despite the fact that it can actually hold 49. The benefit is that there is lots of room for you to sit and enjoy your time on the water.


You can brunch on the Shearwater on Sundays from June 5th to October 9. Parking is available at Icon Parking Systems, 2 River Terrace.


  • NYC Public Beaches

Celebrate the summer by going to the beach. All 14 miles of NYC Public Beaches will be open citywide on June 20, the first day of summer. Lifeguards will be on duty from 10:00 AM to 6 PM.


  • Tour the Heart of Central Park

Spend the first day of the summer walking though the heart of Central Park on a tour from the east to the west. Central Park Conservancy guides will lead the tour. While on the tour, visitors will be able to see famous landmarks like the Loeb Boathouse, Bow Bridge and Cherry Hill.


The tour starts at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, and is free of charge.