5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, June 21

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, June 21.

(1) First day of summer

Despite temperatures in the Tampa Bay area around 90 degrees for the past week, summer in the northern hemisphere only officially begins on Friday.

The summer solstice occurred at 1:04 a.m. EDT when the sun was as high as possible in the northern hemisphere.

Today will be the longest day of the year in the planet's northern hemisphere while it will be shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere where today is the first day of winter.

Summer ends at 4:44 p.m. EDT on September 22 when the autumnal equinox begins.

(2) Alex's Lemonade Stand

Bay Area kids and families will raise money in the fight against pediatric cancer on Friday.

The volunteers will be manning an official Alex's Lemonade Stand at the Toys"R"Us store at 26286 US 19 North in Clearwater.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., attendees can enjoy a complimentary glass of lemonade and make donations to help kids in need.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for all kids with cancer.

All money raised during today's event will be given to ALSF, allowing the organization to provide research grants to doctors and scientists, and support families affected by pediatric cancer.

To donate online, visit www.alexslemonade.org.

(3) Scream on the Green Midnight Summer Movie Series

The City of Tampa kicks off its Scream on the Green Midnight Summer Movie Series at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Friday night.

The free movie series will show a different horror flick the third Friday of each month through August 16. Tonight's film is The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

"For adults, this is a great way to enjoy downtown and Curtis Hixon Park," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This experience will be something new and different for Tampa, but I think everyone will have a lot of fun."

Dawn of the Dead will be showing on July 19 and The Exorcist on August 16.

Concessions including kettle corn, roasted nuts, lemonade, sno cones, and cotton candy will be available to purchase. Low back chairs, coolers and leashed dogs are allowed. Alcohol is prohibited.

For more information, visit www.tampagov.net/dept_special_events_coordination/news_and_events/Movies_in_the_Park.asp.

(4) New Kids on the Block concert

The New Kids on the Block brings The Package Tour to the Amway Center in Orlando on Friday night.

"Ladies, we're coming for you," said NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. "This is going to be the craziest year yet; the single, the album, the tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. We can't wait to give fans The Package!"

"We couldn't be more excited to join New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees on The Package Tour," said Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

Ticket prices for tonight's concert begin at $27.50. For more information, call (407) 440-7000 or visit www.amwaycenter.com.

(5) National Go Skateboarding Day

Friday is National Go Skateboarding Day, a global celebration where skateboarders come together to enjoy their favorite activity.

Hillsborough County invites all skater aficionados to drop visit the Apollo Beach and Brandon Skate Parks today for free food, giveaways, and a best trick contest.

The Brandon Skate Park at 5720 Providence Road holds its Skateboarding Day event from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

The Apollo Beach Skate Park at 664 Gulf & Sea Boulevard holds its Skateboarding Day event from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For more Go Skateboarding Day events in Florida, visit www.goskateboardingday.org.

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