Happy First Day of Summer! Here’s How to Celebrate the Solstice in Burien

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Today – Wednesday, June 20, 2012– is the first day of Summer for our part of the Earth!

That’s right, even though at times June-uary doesn’t feel like it, the Sun’s rays are peaking, and today will be the longest day of the year, and that bright thing up above that occasionally shows itself will reach its highest point of elevation in the sky.

“The Sun is directly overhead at its most northern point at ‘high-noon’ on the summer solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day then any other,” according to Almanac.com.

The word ‘solstice’ is derived from the Latin word sol (sun) and sister (to stand still).

Our friends at Burien Parks Tweeted an excellent suggestion on where to commemorate the Solstice in Burien, which takes place at 4:09 p.m. today:

The best place 2 B for Summer Solstice at 4:09pm Wednesday? The Helios Pavilion in #Burien Town Square Park.

As we reported way back when it was installed in 2009, the Helios Pavilion (aka “Sun Pavilion”) is a 30-foot tall sculpture by Northwest artist James M. Harrison that is intended to serve as a sort of Stonehenge for B-Town.

“The sculpture is meant to harness the sun, native history and the energy of place, and provide a beacon and muse for the community,” Harrison told The B-Town Blog.

Here’s how this day is celebrated in other parts of the world:

How will YOU commemorate this significant celestial event?

Will you strip nekkid and beat a drum at Helios?

Or will you stay in your cubicle and watch a streaming video of a cute cat doing something weird?

Please leave a Comment below, or take a pic and email it to us!

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One Response to “Happy First Day of Summer! Here’s How to Celebrate the Solstice in Burien”
  1. William Forest says:

    Great article.. Thanks B-town Blog!

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