Happy First Day of Summer

Sunrise over the North River

Happy Summer Solstice, Happy Midsummer, Happy St. John’s Day or Happy First Day of Summer as the sun rises a tad north of due East today. The word ‘solstice’ derives from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stop,” as the sun seems to stop overhead at its most northern point at noon today to give us more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere than any other day of the year and the longest day of the year. From this point on, the days will begin to be shorter…. and hotter!  Whether you celebrate with bonfires, feasts, or trips to the beach today, take time to appreciate this celestial event.

Check out today’s Google Doodle welcoming the Summer Solstice with the floral doodle called the “First Day of Summer” by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester