The Longest Day of the Year

The summer solstice is widely recognized as the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. We can expect to see the longest period of daylight for the year on June 21, when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This major celestial event also results in the shortest night of the year, while the same phenomenon triggers the shortest day and longest night south of the equator.

The word solstice derives from the Latin words for sun and to stand still. As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. While the solstice isn’t the hottest day of the year, it does signal a return to much warmer temperatures, trips to the beach, sunny skies and lazy days.

Summer is the perfect time here in Minnesota to cross some items off your Live It List! Below are some of our favorite summer items:

1. Boat ride on Lake Minnetonka
2. Paddle Boarding
3. Watch the Twins play at Target Field
4. Enjoy an outdoor concert
5. Take in a small town baseball game
6. Have a picnic in the park
7. Visit a county fair
8. Go camping
9. Run a 5k, half marathon or marathon
10. Take a walk down a charming, small town street

We would love to know what is on your Live It List! Be sure to email us pictures of completed items so we can add them to our website!