Summer skies: Fireworks to fireflies

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Sunsets, fireworks and starry skies remind us that it's summer

The first day of summer was June 21 in the U.S.

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Summer is the quintessential season of leisure and fun. A time for adventure and exploration, summer is when long days consist of basking in the sun, catching fireflies in our hands, gazing up at stars and cheering with the crackle of fireworks.

Ready for a mini vacation? To celebrate summer, CNN invited explorers to submit their favorite images of summer skies from around the globe. See some of the best user-submitted photos by exploring the gallery above.

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