The First Day of Summer

The first day of summer will be upon us on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 10:59 a.m. The timing of the summer solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time. It all depends on when the Sun reaches the northernmost point from the equator. The summer solstice can occur between June 20-22.

Fun Facts: Look at your noontime shadow around the time of the solstice, it will be your shortest noontime shadow of the year.

The summer solstice is considered to be a fire festival since European cultures celebrated using sun wheels. The locals would set a wheel on fire and roll it downhill into a river. If the fire went out before the wheel landed in the river they believed the crops would be good.

Some felt that bonfires at midsummer were a way for the community to get together. It would provide a much-needed break between May Day and the busy activity of harvest time.

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