Temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing: summer is upon us.
With summer fast approaching, many wonder how it can sound like the start of the hottest season of the year, but first let’s see what the summer solstice is all about.
What is the summer solstice?
The June solstice, or summer solstice, marks the beginning of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere.
Earth naturally orbits at an angle, which means half of the year the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun while the southern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, creating summer in the north and winter in the south, according to NASA.
Solstices only occur twice a year. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, with some states seeing up to sixteen hours of sunshine.
Where can I celebrate?
While we wait for our official introduction to summer, here are some places that will host celebrations on June 21.
Most know that the observatory is a must-see in Los Angeles for its great view of the city and its worthwhile space museum.
This year they will host a live show at noon and sunset. There will be discussions as well as a live viewing of the solstice.
Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade and Festival
Santa Barbara will host its annual Midsummer Parade and Festival on June 24. The festival takes place over two days with a celebration on the first day and a parade on the second.
The festival is free and will include live music, food vendors and local artists.
LA music party
Make Music Day is a non-profit organization that will hold its annual celebration on June 21. The event, which shares the day with the summer solstice, is a day when musicians around the world celebrate their love of music.
There will be live music in several parks, streets and sidewalks in Los Angeles.
The event is free to the public and will last until 10 p.m.
Midsummer Festival at the Bower Museum
The Bower Museum will celebrate the solstice with its family festival on June 19.
The festival will include live music, food, arts and crafts.
The festival is free to the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A recording will also be available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube one week after the event.
Part of the Fowler Museum’s Summer Solstice at UCLA
The Fowler will be hosting an in-person celebration which will include a walk through their latest exhibition, ‘High End Australian Aboriginal Screen Printed Textiles’.
There will also be a reception which will include live music, food, wine and a walk with the curator of exhibits.
The exhibition, which runs until July 10, can be seen at the summer solstice.
The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will require a reservation.