"Summer solstice" : A major celestial event widely, and sometimes wildly, celebrated on earth. In the Northern Hemisphere, it represents the first day of summer – and we all know what that means.
This year summer solstice occurs on June 21 at 1:16 p.m. EDT. At that moment, the sun appears to have reached its northernmost extreme and seems to stand still in the sky. ("Solstice" comes from Latin words meaning "sun" and "to stand still.")
In our hemisphere, according to www.chiff.com, summer solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere that happens in December.
In a happy-seeming combination, our first day of summer and the last day of school fall very close to each other. Happy kids foresee months of freedom and daylight, while adults know the first day of summer is actually the beginning of the end of summer because after June 21, the days start growing shorter as the hours of sunlight decrease.
On this longest day of the year the sun hangs hot and heavy in the sky...
a gateway to...
campfires, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows
favorite swimming spots
and all the treats of summer.