Today marks the first day of summer or the longest day of the year, and is the cause of celebration for millions of people around the world (pictured left:The Summer Solstice Festival at Stonehenge, taken at sunrise this morning-Matt Dunham, Associated Press). But behind all the celebrations, what does today really mean?
Known as the Summer Solstice, this is actually the moment in time where the Earth’s and Moon’s axial tilt is most inclined toward the sun (Thank you, Wikipedia). It is also the instant where the sun reaches it’s highest point in the sky and is located directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Today this occurs at 1:16 pm EDT. The northern hemisphere experiences the longest period of daylight today, which for New York and the surrounding areas, is 15 hours and 7 minutes of sunlight with a sunrise at 5:24 am and sunset at 8:31 pm (Farmer’s Almanac).
The summer solstice is also known as the first official day of summer in the northern hemisphere and the first official day of winter in the southern hemisphere. Celebrations worldwide include music, bonfires and dancing, which are said to increase the sun’s energy.
There are many ways to celebrate the summer solstice in New York City without spending a dime, which calls for celebration in itself! Below is a list of events to help you celebrate the first day of summer and what it means to you:
NEW YORK CITY SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS:
(click on the event title to go to the event link)
- Solstice in Times Square– Mind Over Madness Yoga
Achieve inner peace and tranquility in possibly the most frenetic place on earth as Times Square shuts down for yoga.
Wednesday, June 21st | 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
- Make Music New York–
Attend any of these free concerts in NYC’s 5 boroughs.
Wednesday, June 21st | Various Times and Locations
- Socrates Sculpture Park–
Have your face painted and listen to a new and unusual concert experience with the Silent Storm Sound System.
Wednesday, June 21st | 5:00 pm to Sunset
- Swedish Midsummer Celebration in Battery Park–
Decorate the maypole, eat Swedish delicacies, learn folkdances, let your children play games and enjoy the parade.
Friday, June 24th | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thank you for reading about the summer solstice and we hope you have a great time celebrating today. As always, you can always count on us at Mackoul & Associates for your insurance needs. Call us if you have any insurance concerns.