Summer Solstice: First Official Day of Summer

June 20, 2024

On the day of the June solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives sunlight at the most direct angle of the year.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac describing the summer solstice, occurring on Thursday, June 20 at 4:51 P.M. EDT.

Why It Matters: Today is the longest day of the year! Sunlight over the Northern Hemisphere is at its peak intensity as the sun is at its highest point in the sky, meaning that light is hitting Earth more directly than it does on other days, causing more sunlight today than any other day in the year. The summer solstice also marks the first official day of summer.

Worth Watching: On Thursday to Friday, people will gather at Stonehenge, a prehistoric stone structure in England that dates back about 5,000 years. During the summer solstice, part of the structure specifically “lines up with the rising sun.” The longest day of the year is believed to have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years (National Geographic).

Read More: Summer Solstice 2024: When Is The First Day of Summer? (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

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by Emily Hooker, based in Texas