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First day of summer: Local events celebrate summer solstice in Central Ohio

This photo displays the sunrise on the summer solstice at Stonehenge, 2005.
This photo displays the sunrise on the summer solstice at Stonehenge, 2005.

June 21 marks the first day of summer, arriving with the Summer Solstice, a major astronomical event, resulting in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The daylight hours only decrease from this point for next six months.

The first day of summer occurs on the summer solstice, June 21, this year. This photo shows the sunrise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 2005.

The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December. The sun does not set at the North Pole where there is 24 hours of sunlight on today.

Derived from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" and "to stand still," the term solstice indicates the lengthening of days, as the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky

According to, during this time of year, we note a 23.4 degree tilt in the Earth's axis and because of the tilt we receive the Sun's rays most directly in the summer. In the winter when we are tilted away from the Sun, the rays pass through the atmosphere at a greater slant, bringing lower temperatures. If the Earth rotated on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, there would be no variation in day lengths or temperatures throughout the year, and we would not have seasons.

This period known as midsummer and sometimes called “Lithia” was originally considered a pagan holiday; however, within Christianity, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and some Protestant churches celebrate the birth of John the Baptist on June 24, near the summer solstice, based on references in Luke that John the Baptist was born six month prior to the birth of Jesus Christ, although there is no specific indication as to the time of year.

Seasons change as the cycle continues.

Genesis speaks of God’s promise to Noah: “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

A number of years ago, observing the sunrise on the Summer Solstice, inspired this poem:

Summer Solstice

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed,

which you do well to heed as a light that shines

in a dark place, until the day dawns,

and the morning star rises in your hearts;

II Peter 1:19

As a bright light shining in a dark place,

The morning star glows in the Eastern sky.

A crescent ring wanes to thinnest sliver

Before the new moon ascends to debut.

Spring’s short-term lease has already expired

On the summer solstice, the longest day.

A total eclipse of the sun precludes

Righteousness and peace have kissed each other,

As bride and groom now sit in heavenly realms.

With the crimson dawning of this new day,

Transform us to be more than telescope.

Open our hearts and so fashion a space,

A place prepared to receive the daystar,

As the Sun of righteousness shall arise

In glorious power with healing in his wings.

Open our eyes that we may see we have

An even more sure word of prophecy.

Local Summer Solstice Activities in Central Ohio

Summer Solstice Dance Celebration in Columbus

June 21, 2013

Friday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Body Awarehouse

4780 Kenny Road

Columbus, Ohio

For more information, click here

Wilson's Garden Center

Wilson’s Garden Center of Columbus will be open late on the longest day of the year for the Summer Solstice Celebration

June 21 6:30 p.m.– 9 p.m.
Refreshments, summer evening specials and music
6:30 pm: Fairy Garden Workshop & Storytelling
$39 make and take or enjoy presentation for free

For more detailed schedule of events, check out


Friday, June 21 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Tickets are $75 for the opening night and include price of food and beverages.

Must be 21 years of age to attend; tickets must be purchased in advance.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Destination Hilliard and the City of Hilliard present "Solebrate," Central Ohio's premier event that is said to officially launch summer. Friday evening's Opening Party, The Taste, will include16 wines, 10 craft brews, culinary delights from 15 premier central Ohio restaurants and in the background, the sweet sounds from Soul Kitch'n and Hotel California.

Saturday and Sunday will feature four stages of live entertainment, kids corner, interactive activities, live cooking demonstrations, veggie art carving competition and displays, sand sculpting competitions for families and professionals, ice sculpture demonstrations, dual painting competition, mural activities, food trucks and more.

For more details and to purchase tickets, go to Solebrate .com

Take a look at the slide show of photos and illustrations of the Summer Solstice

Check out related the following article with a slide show of the Winter Solstice:


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