Summer Solstice, Alaska Style

Happy Solstice!


Solstice is a big deal in Alaska. Because of the dramatic change in sunlight, we really notice the difference between the longest day and the shortest day. Whether you think of it as a part of old pagan rituals, a mark in the cycle of the seasons, or just want to have fun, summer solstice is a good time to celebrate. Alaskans throw parties, have big events, generally do something on that day.


Summer solstice is a great excuse to throw evening parties, in the land of the midnight sun. Here in Southcentral Alaska, we get about 20 hours of sunlight that day. The baseball leagues usually have a big game that night, and the fireworks people have a midnight show. (Although it’s hard to see, because of the sunlight.) One of my family members got married on solstice–that was pretty fun, and the hubby won’t forget the anniversary day.


As a history buff, I enjoy going to the John Bagoy Memorial Cemetery tour put on by the Cook Inlet Historical Society. This is the 20th year for their walking tour, pointing out pioneer graves and telling their histories. In recent years, they’ve added actors telling the stories in vintage costume. It seems a fitting thing to do on the longest day of the year.


Whatever your celebration is where you are, hope you have a good summer solstice!

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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