Summer Solstice

With longer and warmer days ahead, we anxiously anticipate summer's arrival. What’s a great way to celebrate the new season? A bonfire? Learn why bonfires have been used to celebrate summer solstice for centuries.

When the sun reaches the northern most point in the sky, it marks the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. We call this the summer solstice. Between June 20th and 22nd of 2021, the Northern Hemisphere will experience their longest sunlight days of the year and the sun’s highest and most direct angle to Earth. This year specifically, the summer solstice lands on June 20th. Summer Solstice has been a celebration across the globe for years and comes with a long list of traditions.

Here are two ways you can participate in summer solstice traditions:

Strawberry Picking

June’s full Moon is also called the “Strawberry Moon”. Many people, like the Swedes, celebrate the beginning of summer by indulging in some freshly picked strawberries. Here are some great places you can bring your friends and family for some enjoyable strawberry picking:

San Diego Area

Los Angeles Area

Las Vegas Area

If you’ve wanted to take up gardening, strawberry plants are a great fruit to plant for beginners. Use the longest day of the year to get your home garden started with family!

Bonfires

Bonfires have been a recurring feature in almost all celebrations for the summer solstice. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the central belief is that the fire deters evil spirits who roam freely as the sun turns south.

Who doesn’t love s’mores and a nice sunset on the beach? Many beach areas have wonderful pits on the sand! Check out your local beach to find a spot to celebrate the end of the longest day of the year. Luckily for Las Vegas, they have super cool public parks like this one, when the fire advisory is low, where you can partake in the bonfire festivities.

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