Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips that signify too much time in the pool, and the soothing feeling of aloe vera on that patch of skin that always seems to turn red, no matter how much sunscreen you slather on.

If you’re looking for ways to fill your long summer days, we at Parker Lifestyle have some suggestions! We’ve got activities to keep you, your kids and even your pets occupied. Check out our list of the best places to cool down when the kids head off to camp.

If you’re looking to stick closer to home, we show you some great outdoor spaces in which to entertain. Maybe you’ll pick up a few ideas to spruce up your own outdoor living area. We also show you an easy summer cocktail featuring locally procured honey you can enjoy in your revamped space. Invite your friends and family and throw a backyard soiree!

With the Fourth of July on the horizon, we also take a moment to honor a very special veteran and wounded warrior who has touched our hearts and we hope gives you a renewed appreciation for those who serve, have served and continue to protect us.  Take a moment to truly appreciate this time and those who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy this beautiful Colorado summer.

The mercury is rising, and the days are stretching longer and longer. No matter how you spend them, enjoy these dog days of summer, Parker—and try to stay cool.