Evening Plans: Ways to Use the Long Summer Evenings

Isn’t it great to have all these seemingly endless hours of sunlight? We bet getting out of bed isn’t all that difficult anymore (relatively speaking, that is). Even if you aren’t an early-riser, more hours of daylight may encourage you to do more. If you are excited to try new things, but aren’t sure where to start, we have some tips on using these long summer evenings.

Join a City Bike Group

Bike sales boomed at the height of the pandemic. It is no surprise that this interest in biking is continuing to rise. An opportunity to spend time outdoors without being stuck in traffic, getting a workout, and developing new social connections are just a few of the reasons we love biking.

If you are looking for an activity that allows you to do all these things, consider checking out your city’s local bike groups. You can easily find their information on any social media platform. Sign up for an evening of biking and look at your city in a new light.

Speaking of lights, don’t forget to equip your ride with the things you will need. One of the most important of these is a bike light. Look for one that is easy to clip on and fits well on your bike. Different people prefer to angle the lights differently and this may take a few rounds of trial and error if you are new to biking. You may want to consider rechargeable bike lights that often provide long runtimes and may be lighter. Another must-have on your bike rides around the city is a water bottle and water bottle holder. No matter how cool a summer evening may seem to be, you should always have water close at hand.

Sign Up for a Volunteer Activity

Are you hoping to not just improve yourself but also contribute to your community this summer? Then sign up for a volunteer activity. This is a great way to make an impact on a cause that you care about, while also building new skills and meeting people.

If you are interested in volunteering but want to use your professional skills in the process, consider doing pro bono work for organizations. For example, if you are a writer, you can donate your time and skill to a nonprofit organization that may need help writing its website.

If you are intent on spending the summer in the great outdoors, look for volunteer opportunities in your local parks. If there is anything better than enjoying the sun, it is enjoying the sun while contributing positively to your community.

Many companies also partner with their team members to increase the impact of volunteer work. So consider asking your employer if you can leave early to participate in volunteer activities, or if you can invite other people to sign up.

Go to an Outdoor Movie Theater

We are so happy that this charming way to watch movies isn’t out of fashion yet. In fact, we believe outdoor movie theaters are seeing a resurgence. Pack some snacks, gather your friends, and head on over to an outdoor theater in your city.

Whether it’s an old classic or a newly-released movie, watching a film outdoors is a classic summer experience that you should definitely have on your list. Not only is this a fun thing to do, but you also will be supporting smaller, independent businesses.

If you don’t have an outdoor movie theater nearby, then consider turning your backyard into one. All you need is a projector and maybe earphones or external speakers. Pop the corn, cozy up, and let the movie begin!

Summer is a time of revival not just for our planet, but also for us. Use these long daylight hours for recreation, to learn something new, positively impact your community, or simply revel in the moment.

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