The not-so-official start of summer is coming up.

At the end of the week will be the threshold of the three-day Memorial Day Weekend.

It’s coming earlier than it often does — May 23-25.

But early or late, it’s welcome.

Ketchikan is about to turn from winter and early spring events — life-changing happenings — to thoughts of summertime and summer activities.

While Memorial Day came about as — and continues to be — a time to remember veterans of the armed services who had passed, the weekend signals a start to summer. Like it, Labor Day at the start of September signifies the end of the season that encourages outdoor activities.

In between will be fishing and recreational boating, hiking and camping, gardening and homefront fixups and barbecuing again and again.

Also in between will be traditional celebrations like the Fourth of July and the Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Blueberry Arts Festival — at least in one fashion or another. Kind of like what might be expected for a cruise ship season, different but not completely eclipsed.

So let’s get the summer started off well. Remember Memorial Day is coming early, and then make the most of the summer days.

Labor Day will be here soon enough.