Summer finally becomes official this month with the Summer Solstice on June 21. But the whole month of June exudes summertime — ice cream, swimming pools, hot days and cooler nights, drive-in movies, no school and this list could go on and on. June is a fabulous month.
On June 14, 1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. And in 1949, President Harry Truman signed the act that designated June 14 as National Flag Day.
In honor of the U.S. flag’s birthday, here are a few tips on flag etiquette from USFlag.org:
■ When the flag is lowered, no part should touch the ground and it should be folded neatly when stored.
■ The flag should be displayed between sunrise and sunset. If displayed at night, it should be illuminated.
■ When flown with other flags, the U.S. must be the largest of the flags and flown above the others. It should be raised first and lowered last.
■ Civilian citizens should salute the flag by placing their right hand over their heart. Men should remove their hats.
(Another day to note:
D-Day is Thursday.)
June is Colorado Bike Month with Bike to Work Day on June 26.
In Mesa County, there will be a Commuter Challenge and bicycle-related events and rides during the month.
On Bike to Work Day, special commuter breakfasts are planned at City Hall and Crossroads Fitness Center with an After-Work-After-Glow for commuters at Edgewater Tap & Grill.
Go to gvbikemonth.mesacounty.us to find details and join the fun.
Who will carry the Stanley Cup around the rink or win the NBA finals?
What does the red polka-dot jersey stand for at the Tour de France?
Who will wear the most edgy white outfit at Wimbledon?
June is packed with a variety of sporting events. Pick one or more to learn about and follow:
■ Basketball: The first one to four games wins the NBA Finals, set to begin June 6.
■ Cycling: In its 100th year, the Tour de France begins June 29 and continues through the better part of July. There will be 21 stages — six mountain stages, seven flat, five hilly and three time trials (one team, two individual) — and two rest days.
■ Golf: The U.S. Open Championship is set for June 10–16 at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Check out the links at usopen.com.
■ Hockey: The Stanley Cup Finals will take place after the conference finals. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings are battling for the Western Conference title and the Pittsburgh Penguins are facing off with the Boston Bruins for the Eastern Conference title.
■ Tennis: The French Open wraps up June 9 and Wimbledon begins June 24.
There are an estimated 70.1 million fathers in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent data, which happens to be from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation.
But the truth is, we all have a father to acknowledge. Father’s Day is June 16.