Today is June 21, 2017. Do you know what that means?
It’s here! Happy First Day of Summer! Also known as the Summer Solstice, this day is the longest day of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice 2017 was officially at 12:24 AM.
In terms of daylight, the Summer Solstice is nearly six hours longer than on the shortest day of the year, also known as December Solstice. According to The Washington Post, America cities will experience somewhere between 12 to 22 hours of actual daylight. Of course, this depends on their latitude.
What is Summer Solstice?
Summer Solstice happens when the North Pole achieves maximum tilt towards the sun. The sun is also positioned directly about the Tropic of Cancer.
The further north a city is located, the longer daylight lasts. Today, the North Pole will have a full 24 hours of daylight. So the polar bears better have the sun glasses ready.
Need to get in the summer mood? Here are 5 great summer-themed songs to get you in the mood.
If you grew up the New Jersey/New York area in the 80’s, you might remember classic rock radio station K-Rock playing Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime” all the time. I actually thought it was an old Van Halen song, as it has that retro David Lee Roth vibe (like when he sings “Ice Cream Man”).
MTV also played the heck out of it as one of their Closet Classics.
Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
Kid Rock – All Summer Long
Sly and the Family Stone – Hot Fun in the Summertime