Today, June 21,   is the official start of summer.  It also happens to be the summer solstice  and the first time the longest day of the year has been on a Saturday since 2003. The day, which marks the time at which the sun is at its most northern point in the sky and will offer up approximately 16 hours of sunlight (if it not blocked by all of the clouds today).  A more scientific explanation courtesy of USA Today is June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT is the summer solstice, the moment the sun is directly shining down on the Tropic of Cancer, an imaginary line north of the equator. This is the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of summer. Because of the Earth’s tilt, this day marks the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Because of this tilt, we have seasons.


The summer solstice is known for its celebrations all over the northern hemisphere, but take the opportunity to make your June 21 special — after all, it is the official start of summer.Here are some suggestions for ways to celebrate the summer solstice (or first official day of summer):


Go for a swim.  If you do not have a pool, there are plenty of pools in the area or you can head to the beach.  Dip your toes in the water.

Eat outdoors.  Enjoy a later evening meal as a picnic or on your deck.

Grill something today.

Walk barefoot in the grass.

Eat ice cream.  If not ice cream, try one of the great frozen yogurt places like Sweet Frogs or Skinny Dip.

Go for a swing or lounge in a hammock.

Plant something.

Ride your bike.

Read a book outside.

Go fishing – be sure to have an appropriate fishing license.

Wear flip flops or buy a new pair.

Enjoy a slurpee or fruit smoothie.