The Longest Day: Summer Solstice Celebration

Summer Solstice

One unique feature about this year’s longest day is that there are 2 of them: both June 20th, and June 21st are exactly 15 hours, 5 minutes, and 11 seconds long. But today, the 21st is considered the solstice, the day when the earth begins to tilt its northern hemisphere away from the sun. Tomorrow will be 4 seconds shorter.

Celebrate this unique event at the New Seafront Promenade in Thessaloniki, where, for the first time in 70 years, the solstice coincides with a full moon, something the American Indians called the “strawberry moon.”

The city is organizing a series of free concerts, which the Thessaloniki Friends of Astronomy will contribute by providing telescope viewing in the Garden Of Seasons at the seafront, east of the White Tower and the Alexander monument. Music and events in the Garden begin at 8 PM. Come out and watch the stars and rising moon through telescopes, all accompanied by music.

What: Solstice Celebration

Where:  Garden f the Seasons, New Seafront Promenade, Thessaloniki

When: Today, June 21