Fourth of July is both a blessing and a curse. As a long weekend when friends and family can spend time together enjoying the days at the lake and nights watching fireworks, it is one of the greatest of summer blessings. When you realize that the shelves in the big box store will now be filled with back to school supplies and even Halloween costumes, however, Independence Day can be a curse. Whether you are someone who cannot wait for the school year to start again or you want the last days of summer to disappear as slowly as the heat of the day, there is no denying that the first week in July is a dividing point.
If you want to embrace the march of time and make plans for the fall, you are likely someone who is looking forward to weekends at local apple orchards. Whether it is to purchase homemade apple pies or you are one of the many brides planning weddings this fall, there are many reasons to look forward to the cooler temperatures of autumn.
Fall Weather Is a Great Option for Weddings and Outdoor Apple Festivals
Finding a great way to spend a fall day is pretty easy if you live within driving distance of an apple orchard. Outdoor weddings, apple and pumpkin picking, and night time fire pits are just some of the activities that are common at most outdoor commercial farms. As many as 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S., and 7,500 are grown around the world. If you have a favorite local apple, however, there are few things as fun as visiting a local orchard and picking your own. Often less expensive than purchasing those same apples at the store, there are many times when the family experience makes the afternoon priceless.
Later in the fall, when all of the apples have been harvested, many of these same locations start selling their pumpkins. Pumpkins have been grown in North America for 5,000 years, and they range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds. And whether you want to use these pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns, making pies, or decorating a fall front porch display, fall is likely one of your seasons.
We may just be a few days from the Fourth of July, but there are plenty of people looking forward to the cooler temperatures of fall and the many activities that season brings.