Fact: Fridays are just plain chiller in the summertime—and our weekends are all the sweeter for it. Take advantage of the season’s long-weekend mentality with these 11 fabulous “summer Friday” activities (one for every week through Labor Day).

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June 21

Hooray! It’s the first official day of summer. Time to string up some twinkly lights and finally open your patio/garden/balcony for business.

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June 28

Whether you’re looking to woo your coworkers or your kiddos, you can’t beat a cool summer treat. We love a DIY ice-pop project—like these easy Dole® Paradise Pops.

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July 5

The only thing better than Fourth of July food? Fourth of July leftovers! (And perhaps this Friday off?) Grab a blanket, stuff a picnic basket and seek out some encore fireworks near you.

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July 12

If you’re lying low after last week’s visit from the in-laws, use the afternoon to beat the weekend crowds and #treatyoself to a much-deserved mani/pedi or haircut.

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July 19

Water’s warm now, folks: Head to a local body of water for a refreshing swim—and a few quiet hours with a great book or a stack of glossies.

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July 26

Your remaining summer Fridays are numbered, so make the most of this one and have a date night with your honey. Make an early dinner reservation and—gasp—grab a nightcap on the way home.

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August 2

With parallel vacation schedules, it’s been a while since you’ve properly caught up with your girlfriends. Arrange a long happy hour—bonus points for an alfresco setting.

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August 9

Time to skip town: Load up the kids and the gear and go camping overnight. (If you beat the rush hour traffic, you’ll have your camp set up by sundown.)

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August 16

It’s already mid-August and you haven’t been to a summer fair yet?! Remedy that pronto with a Friday visit—and a funnel cake with extra powdered sugar.

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August 23

Whoa, Nelly! The school year is just around the corner. Use the last of these sacred, quiet Fridays to organize the house, sneak in a workout or knock off some productive errands sans crowds.

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August 30

Labor Day weekend is upon us. (Cue the orchestra of tiny violins.) Plan your “Bon voyage, summer!” bonfire accordingly.

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