How to Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year

People surfing at sunset

One day a year, the sun shines longer than it will any other day. The summer solstice has graced us with its presence today, and we have a few suggestions on how to make the most of the endless sun.

Observe the sky

Did you know the summer solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere just once a year? This is when the earth is tilted towards the sun, so that’s why the time between sunrise and sunset is the longest. This is a sight to behold and you don’t want to miss it!

Make your way to the beach

The summer solstice is on a Friday, but with so much sunlight, you can still head to the beach after work! Bring a cooler full of tasty snacks and your favorite libations and spark a bonfire to end the night in the most idyllic setting.

Night hike

Go on a night hike

Don’t worry about it being too dark to hike – the sun is on your side. Embark on a late afternoon or night hike and reach the peak while light is still out. You’ll still get the perks of a scenic hike without having to deal with the heat since it’s later in the day.


Have a solstice feast

Fun fact: The summer solstice is an occasion many people celebrate. Invite your friends over for a backyard feast or call for a potluck at your local park. This is the perfect opportunity to laugh and chat late into the perfectly lit night.

Spend your time at a rooftop bar

Head over to your favorite snazzy rooftop bar or visit a new high-rise sanctuary. Take in the gorgeous views of your city, and spend the night sipping cocktails and watching the sunset at an unusually late hour.

A woman doing yoga on the beach

Do yoga

International Day of Yoga is the same day as the summer solstice, so whip out those yoga mats and do some outdoor yoga. Sunrise yoga is already a thing, but how about sunset yoga now?

No matter what you do, you’re sure to enjoy the first day of summer simply for the good vibes. Let us know how you plan to spend the longest day of the year in the comments below!

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