The First Day of Summer, also known as the June Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, is a day when spring has finally come to an end and the warmest part of the season begins. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is traditionally a time when people spend more time outdoors – enjoying activities such as barbecuing, swimming, playing sports, attended beaches, visiting National Parks and playing sports. The First Day of Summer begins between June 20th and June 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere.
History of the First Day of Summer
During ancient times, the June Solstice was an important date for people living in the Northern Hemisphere. In England, thousands of people would greet the season at Stonehenge. In ancient Rome, the celebrations of Vesta occurred during the time right before this day. The Native Americans also took part in rituals which honored this day.
The First Day of Summer Customs & Celebrations
The First Day of Summer is a time when most schools in the United States are off for summer break and more and more people are heading out on vacation. While the day isn’t celebrated so much, the season it begins is important to many people living in the U.S. Many Americans also take their vacations during this time.
This time of the year is also the start of the summer grilling or BBQ season. In the United States, there are a variety of different types of BBQ – all determined by the region. While a lot of different BBQ styles migrate from one place to another, a lot of different parts of the country are known for a particular type of BBQ. For example, in Memphis, pork is dry rubbed and pulled and served with a side of BBQ sauce. In Central Texas, the meat is the star of the show and huge beef briskets and ribs are emphasized. In St. Louis, pork steaks made from thinly slicing pork butts are grilled and covered with a thick tomato BBQ sauce.
When is First Day of Summer (June Solstice)?
|This year (2017)||June 21 (Wednesday)April 20 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2018)||June 21 (Thursday)April 19 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2016)||June 20 (Monday)April 21 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|