5 Fun Facts About the Summer Solstice
June 19, 2021
This year, the summer solstice falls on Sunday, June 20th. You probably already know that it’s the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer—but here are a few facts about the summer solstice that may be news to you.
- It sets the stage for a sporty Alaskan tradition. For more than 100 years, Alaskans have gathered to play a traditional baseball game that kicks off at 10:30 p.m. and carries on past midnight—when it’s still daylight in that part of the world.
- It marked the new year for one ancient society. Ancient Egyptians considered the longest day of the year the beginning of a new one and would start their calendar year with the summer solstice.
- It’s not specific to earth. In fact, every planet in the solar system has its own unique summer solstice!
- It may have inspired Stonehenge. Some theories state that Stonehenge was actually constructed as an homage to the first day of summer.
- It’s a scientifically proven mood-booster. Studies show that as days lengthen, peoples’ moods tend to improve with the extra sunlight.