99 Summer Trivia Questions (And Answers) To Brighten Your Day

Martha Martins
Jun 28, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jan 19, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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Summer is that time of the year when the days are longer, the sun is shining, and outdoor activities begin. Are you ready to put your summer knowledge to the test?

Whether you're a brainiac or you just love fascinating facts, these trivia questions cover everything summer-related. From the Summer Solstice to the scientific facts about the southern and northern hemispheres, these questions will keep you on your toes and make you rack your brain.

So gather your friends and begin this challenge to see who can become the ultimate summer trivia expert. Get ready to have fun while sharpening your mind along the way.

Super Quiz Questions About The Summer Season

Ever wondered where the word 'summer' actually comes from? From the summer solstice to intriguing tidbits about zodiac signs and even the mystical Midnight Sun, this set of summer-themed trivia quizzes covers it all and so much more.

1. Question: Which Proto-Germanic word did the word 'summer' come from?

Answer: Sumaraz.

2. Question: What event marks the official start of summer in the United States and is celebrated on or around June 21?

Answer: Summer Solstice.

3. Question: Which state in the United States of America is known as the 'Sunshine State' due to its warm and sunny climate?

Answer: Florida.

4. Question: Which part of the world experiences summer when the Northern Hemisphere experiences winter?

Answer: Southern Hemisphere.

5. Question: How long does summer last in the Southern Hemisphere?

Answer: From December until February.

6. Question: In what months does the Northern Hemisphere experience summer during the year?

Answer: June, July, and August.

7. Question: Which three zodiac signs are known as the summer zodiac signs?

Answer: Gemini, Cancer, and Leo.

8. Question: What weather condition is characterized by high moisture content in the air and is common during summer?

Answer: Humid weather.

9. Question: Which animals are known for entering a state of summer hibernation called 'estivation'?

Answer: Certain species of reptiles and amphibians.

10. Question: What name is given to the natural phenomenon that causes the sun to be visible at midnight during the summer?

Answer: Midnight Sun.

11. Question: What is the name of one of the flowers associated with the summer months?

Answer: Allium also known as the 'onion flower'.

12. Question: According to Greeks mythology, who is the Summer’s Dog Days named after?

Answer: 'Sirius', the Dog Star.

13. Question: Which days are known as the Dog Days of Summer?

Answer: July 3 to August 11.

14. Question: Which summer month is believed to have the highest number of birthdays in the United States?

Answer: August.

15. Question: What day does the summer, known as 'Lixia' begin according to Chinese astronomy?

Answer: On May 5.

Fun Summer Trivia Questions

Summer is a season associated with joy and adventure. And what better way to celebrate this season than with some mind-boggling trivia questions and answers? Get ready to separate fact from fiction by determining if certain statements about summer are true or false.

16. Question: True or false? The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year.

Answer: True.

17. Question: True or false? The month of June is named after a Greek goddess.

Answer: False.

18. Question: True or false? Watermelon contains over 90% water.

Answer: True.

19. Question: True or false? A typical Chicago-style hot dog has tomato slices on it.

Answer: True.

20. Question: Where was the largest summer bikini parade recorded on August 19, 2012?

Answer: Huludao City, Liaoning, China.

21. Question: What is the traditional birthstone for August?

Answer: Peridot.

22. Question: Which historical personality from Rome is the month of July named after?

Answer: Julius Caesar.

23. Question: Which three fruits are the most commonly purchased compared to other fruits during the summer in America?

Answer: Watermelon, tomatoes, and peaches.

24. Question: In the street game Stickball, a broomstick is used as the bat. What is the ball called?

Answer: Spaldeen.

25. Question: Which month of the year is National Ice Cream Month celebrated in the United States of America?

Answer: July.

26. Question: In what year is the ice cream sandwich believed to have been invented?

Answer: 1899.

27. Question: In which city in the United States of America are ice cream sandwiches believed to have been invented?

Answer: New York City.

28. Question: Where and when were the first modern Olympic Games held?

Answer: Athens, Greece in 1896.

29. Question: In which two months are the Summer Olympics held?

Answer: July and August.

30. Question: Which year will breakdancing be introduced to the Summer Olympics?

Answer: 2024.

31. Question: In which city were the Summer Olympics held in 2012?

Answer: London, England.

32. Question: Which game once featured in the Olympics?

Answer: Tug of war.

33. Question: Which water sport is not a part of the Summer Olympics?

Answer: Surfing.

34. Question: Which team sport debuted in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil?

Answer:Rugby Sevens.

35. Question: Which sport has been a part of the Olympic Games since its inception in 1896?

Answer: Cycling.

Summer Vacation Trivia

Whether you're planning a trivia night with friends or just want to engage in a fun activity, this set of summer-themed questions is great for you. Challenge yourself with facts about summer festivals, beach balls, and all things holiday-related.

From summer events to songs that capture the essence of the season, this trivia quiz will leave you with a new set of knowledge.

36. Question: What inflatable object is commonly used for fun and games at the beach during summer?

Answer: Beach ball.

37. Question: In which year was the first beach ball invented?

Answer: 1938.

38. Question: Which desert valley in California is known for its extreme summer temperatures?

Answer: Death Valley.

39. Question: What is the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth, which was measured in Death Valley, California in 1913?

Answer: 56.7 C (134 F).

40. Question: What is the Guinness World Record for the longest barbecue marathon?

Answer: 80 hours.

41. Question: What is the most commonly purchased bbq meat during the summer?

Answer: Beef.

42. Question: In the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest held during the summer, how many hot dogs did Joey Chestnut consume to set the record in 2021?

Answer: 76.

43. Question: In which country was the concept of the modern barbecue grill originally invented?

Answer: The United States of America.

44. Question: Which is the longest continuous beach in the United States of America?

Answer: Long Beach Peninsula, in Washington.

45. Question: What is the length of the longest continuous beach in the United States of America?

Answer: 28 mi (45 km).

46. Question: According to research in 2017 by the United States Department Of Transportation, how many long-distance summer trips are made in the USA each year?

Answer: Approximately 657 million.

47. Question: From what did the popular summertime game 'Frisbie' get its name?

Answer: Frisbie Pie Company.

48. Question: What object was used for playing disc sport before the invention of a plastic disc?

Answer: Frisbie’s empty pie tin.

49. Question: When did the first ever swimming school open in the United States?

Answer: 1827.

50. Question: Which American city is the music festival Lollapalooza held every summer?

Answer: Chicago.

51. Question: Which city hosts the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Music festival during the summer in the United States?

Answer: San Francisco, California.

52. Question: Which iconic singer is known as the 'Queen Of Disco' and has released hits like 'Hot Stuff' and 'Last Dance'?

Answer: Donna Summer.

53. Question: What tradition was believed to have started in the 19th century when college students began throwing parties to celebrate the end of the year?

Answer: Promenade.

54. Question: Which iconic American band is known for their songs about summer, including 'Surfin' USA' and 'California Girls'?

Answer: 'The Beach Boys'.

55. Question: In which year was Don Henley’s nostalgic song, 'The Boys Of Summer' released?

Answer: 1984.

56. Question: Who wrote the song 'Summer Nights' from the musical 'Grease'?

Answer: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

57. Question: Which hit song by Van Halen celebrates the carefree and fun spirit of summer?

Answer: 'Summer Nights'.

58. Question: Which song by Bananarama became a popular summer song in the 1980s with its catchy chorus?

Answer: 'Cruel Summer'.

59. Question: What famous New York band wrote the hit song 'Summer In The City'?

Answer: 'The Lovin' Spoonful'.

60. Question: What is the title of Mungo Jerry’s summer song released in 1970?

Answer: 'In The Summertime'.

61. Question: Which American composer does one of the songs used in the 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' belong to?

Answer: John Debney.

62. Question: Which summer blockbuster film was released in 1975?

Answer: 'Jaws'.

63. Question: What year was 'In The Good Old Summertime' by George Evans and Ren Shields composed and published?

Answer: 1902.

64. Question: Who had a summer hit with the song 'Sealed With A Kiss' in 1962?

Answer: Brian Hyland.

Amazing Summer Fun Facts

Did you know that summer has inspired some events and inventions? From the invention of the sun protection factor (SPF) to the oldest beach in the United States, uncover interesting facts about popular holidays celebrated during the summer, hidden gems in national parks, and other summer essentials.

65. Question: What does the abbreviation SPF stand for?

Answer: Sun protection factor.

66. Question: Who invented the first commercially successful sun protection factor in the United States?

Answer: Franz Grieter.

67. Question: Which United States president hosted the first barbecue at the White House?

Answer: President Lyndon Johnson.

68. Question: Which volcano erupted in 1815, causing the year without a summer in 1816?

Answer: Mount Tambora.

69. Question: What is the name of the oldest beach in America?

Answer: Revere Beach.

70. Question: Which United States holiday unofficially implies the end of the summer?

Answer: Labor Day.

71. Question: What holiday marks the unofficial start of summer in the United States and is celebrated on the last Monday in May?

Answer: Memorial Day.

72. Question: What holiday is celebrated in the summer on July 4 in the United States?

Answer: Independence Day.

73. Question: When was the United States of America's first Independence Day celebrated?

Answer: On July 4, 1777.

74. Question: When is International Parents Day celebrated?

Answer: On June 1.

75. Question: Which park in Washington, United States is often one of the visited during the summer?

Answer: Mount Rainier National Park.

76. Question: Which national park in the United States was established on February 26, 1919?

Answer: Grand Canyon National Park.

77. Question: Which is one of the most sold items in summer in America?

Answer: Swimsuits.

78. Question: In southern England, where do people assemble to see the Summer solstice?

Answer: Stonehenge.

79. Question: Who owns the biggest collection of surfboards in the United States as of 2023?

Answer: Donald Dettloff.

80. Question: When is International Refugee Day commemorated?

Answer: On June 20.

81. Question: When did Congress approve the Great Seal of the United States, with the emblem of the bald eagle?

Answer: on June 20, 1782.

82. Question: What is one of the ways that ancient pagans celebrated Midsummer?

Answer: By lighting bonfires.

83. Question: Which beach sport became official in 1986?

Answer: Beach Volleyball.

84. Question: What name is given to the Summer Solstice celebrated in South Korea?

Answer: Haji.

85. Question: What is the name of the summer festival dedicated to celebrating the longest day of the year and the start of the summer in Barcelona, Spain?

Answer: La Revetlla De Sant Juan.

Exquisite Summertime Trivia

From the world's largest cruise ship to the enchanting world of orthopteran insects known as 'Snowy Tree Crickets', and the connection between the Eiffel Tower and the summer season, get ready to have your horizons expanded with facts in these trivia questions and answers.

86. Question: Which flower is said to bloom and thrive in the full sun?

Answer: Sunflower.

87. Question: Which three insects are the most widespread in the summer?

Answer: Mosquitoes, ants, and spiders.

88. Question: What name is used to describe the last day of summer?

Answer: Autumnal Equinox.

89. Question: Which insects take on the temperature of their environment and are often referred to as a thermometer?

Answer: Snowy tree crickets.

90. Question: Which tower grows in the heat of summer?

Answer: The Eiffel Tower.

91. Question: When did Martin Luther King Jr give his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech?

Answer: On August 28, 1963.

92. Question: How long is the largest cruise ship?

Answer: 1,188 ft (362 m).

93. Question: How many varieties of watermelons are said to exist?

Answer: About 1200.

Delightful Trivia Questions About Summer

Get ready to wrap up this fun summer trivia quiz with more intriguing facts. From the novel William Shakespeare wrote, set in the summertime, to the inventor of ice pops and the celebration of National Ice Cream Day, let the trivia begin.

94. Question: Where is the Florida Keys' Underwater Music Festival held in the United States?

Answer: Looe Key Reef, Florida.

95. Question: On what day is National Ice Cream Day celebrated in the United States?

Answer: Third Sunday of July.

96. Question: What popular frozen treat consists of ice cream between two cookies or wafers?

Answer: Ice Cream Sandwich.

97. Question: When were ice pops invented?

Answer: 1905.

98. Question: How old was the inventor of ice pops?

Answer: 11 years old.

99. Question: Which famous Shakespeare play takes place on Midsummer's Eve?

Answer: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

From interesting facts about festivals and inventions to surprising connections and literary gems, you've now become a true summer trivia expert. Why not share your newfound knowledge with friends and family? Host your own summer trivia night or spark fascinating summer conversations with these 99 summer trivia questions and answers.

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Written by Martha Martins

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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