The 2017 Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere was at 12:24 am on Wednesday, June 21 – today! Whether you personally celebrate with special rituals or believe it’s just another day, one this is certain if you are vacationing in Sarasota this week…You will appreciate enjoying the longest day of the year in Sarasota or on Siesta Beach!
Marked annually between June 20-22, the Summer Solstice is indeed the longest day of the year and is generally thought to mark the first day of summer. The word is derived from Latin, of course. Sol (sun) and Sistere (to stand still) combine to today’s common use of solstice. The seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as we can view it from Earth) momentarily comes to a stop before reversing direction.
We hope you enjoy celebrating the longest day of the year in Sarasota today, perhaps with a sunset toast on Siesta Beach this evening! Tonight’s sunset will be 8:28 pm (EST).