June marks the beginning of summer, a warm season with lots of fun in the sun

It’s the perfect time for vacation, visits to beaches, and grilling burgers and hot dogs outside. American kids finish a school year and take a break until late summer. Join us to learn more, read about the American flag and two special American women. And get an inside look at one of America’s greatest national parks.

Volunteer in your Community

Summer is a great time to take part in the proud American tradition of volunteering. Donating some of your free time to a project or service in your community is a great way to get to know local people. One date to keep in mind is June 8, World Oceans Day. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” and features activities that promote the prevention of plastic pollution in oceans. Whether you’re in Florida or Kansas, we can all make a difference. Also, Volunteer Match is another great resource for finding opportunities in your area. There really is no greater feeling than the satisfaction of helping others.

Flag Day

On June 14, Americans celebrate Flag Day. This holiday marks the date when America chose its red, white, and blue flag more than 200 years ago. The flag was created during the American Revolution, when the 13 American colonies rebelled against the British Empire. Many believe a young woman named Betsy Ross was hired by George Washington to design the first American flag. It had 13 stars and stripes to represent the original 13 colonies. But did Betsy Ross actually design the first flag? Why were the colors red, white, and blue? Why stars and stripes? No one knows for sure.

Women in Flight

June marks the anniversary of the historic flights of two American heroes, Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride. Their feats took place 50 years apart, yet both women made record-setting flights. Earhart was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Ride was the first American woman in space.

Explore Towering Redwood Trees

California is also home to Redwood National and State Parks, in the northern part of the state. These parks have a lot to offer, but it’s the towering coast redwood trees that make them so famous. At an average height of 300 feet, the coast redwood is the tallest type of tree in the world. Redwoods can grow up to 30 feet in diameter – wide enough to drive a car through! Today, these rare trees can be found only in California, Oregon, and China.