After the long winter York County suffered through, summer is finally here.
Attention must be paid. Don't let the longest day of the year slip away. Take advantage of the nearly 15 hours of daylight ahead.
According to AccuWeather.com, the sun will rise around 5:35 a.m. and set around 8:35 p.m. Saturday, June 21.
Here is one game plan to get you through the day. Check the calendar on FlipSidePA.com to design your own summertime adventure.
5 to 7 a.m. : Set your alarm and greet the sun during the Solstice Celebration at Highpoint Scenic Vista in Lower Windsor Township. The Summer Solstice takes place at 6:51 a.m. Get details at yorkcountypa.gov.
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Grab some coffee, breakfast or other sustenance at Central Market House, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York. Fuel up for the day ahead. Get details at www.centralmarketyork.com.
10:30 a.m. to noon: Catch the opening ceremony of the 14th Annual Penn-Mar Irish Festival at The Markets at Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury Township. Hear up-and-coming traditional Irish musicians through noon. Tickets are $13 at the gate. Get details at pennmaririshfestival.com.
1 to 2 p.m.: Stock up on summer reading during the Book Nook Bonanza event at the York City Ice Arena in York. Most hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1, with special sales occurring throughout the weekend. Get details at www.wellspan.org.
2:30 to 5:30 p.m. :You must be getting hungry. Get to Wingstock in time to see the Best Original Wing winner crowned. Take in food, live entertainment and kids activities at Santander Stadium in York. The wing-eating competition starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Get details at www.wingstockyork.org.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Round out the day at the Summer Solstice Celebration at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Warrington Township. Admission is free. Mountain Adventure packages are available for $20. Enjoy a dinner of pit beef sandwiches and Italian sausage from the grill. Fireworks will go off at dusk. Get details at www.skiroundtop.com.
Six months ago, on Jan. 21, the sun rose around 7:35 a.m. and set around 5:15 p.m. Temperatures were relatively mild. But the next day, the high was 12 degrees and the low was -4 degrees. The region was caught in the Polar Vortex for most of the season. According to the National Weather Service based in State College, York County was hammered with 46 to 68 inches of snow this winter. Southern parts of the county received the most snow.