Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but we don't need a long weekend to tell us that. This is how we know summer is here, or at least on its way.


Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but we don't need a long weekend to tell us that. This is how we know summer is here, or at least on its way.

Jennifer Dailey, assistant editor
1 The fact that it’s warm enough to wear flip-flops, even though I wear them all year.
2 My mom and brother will play tennis because it’s not too cold outside.
3 And of course baseball is a reminder that it’s almost time to start grilling and taking trips to the beach.

Doug Denison, government reporter
1 First steamed crabs of the year, usually Memorial Day weekend.
2 Wearing boat shoes more frequently than shoes with socks.
3 Tomatoes that are actually good.

Sarika Jagtiani, arts and culture reporter
1 Funnel cake becomes readily available. Thank you, Dover Days, for my first of the season.
2 The French double-header rolls around: Cannes Film Festival and French Open.
3 I stop drying my hair every day and let it go curly — there’s no fighting humidity.

Chris Stevens, sports reporter
1 Sundress Month. Started as a joke amongst personal friends, it eventually became a way of life — nothing more beautiful or summer-like than a woman walking down the street in all of her confident glory in a sundress.
2 Baseball matinee games. The kids are out of school, people with jobs call in sick and they root, root, root for the home team.
3 “Summer Madness” by Kool and the Gang. Ever since I was 17, I played “Summer Madness” loud on Memorial Day to start the summer and Labor Day weekend to close summer out. Just a smooth, relaxing song.