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Posted: June 19, 2018

When exactly is the first day of summer?

What You Need to Know: Summer Solstice

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

You may have seen “Happy First Day of Summer” posts popping up on your social media sites, but if you’re questioning the timing of the posts, you may not be alone.

Technically the first day of summer, or the summer solstice, begins on June 21, but it all depends on your time zone. 

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac and, the summer solstice will begin at 6:07 a.m., Thursday, June 21 in the Eastern Time zone. 

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To make the seasons even more confusing, the summer solstice happening in the next few hours only applies in the Northern Hemisphere, the Almanac explained. In the Southern Hemisphere, they’re going to be celebrating the winter solstice.

The solstice is based on the position of the sun when it reaches its northernmost point from the equator, not on a set date and time, the Almanac explained.

For more on the summer solstice, click here.

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

When exactly is the first day of Summer?

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

When exactly is the first day of Summer?

People watch the midsummer sun as it rises over the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2005 on Salisbury Plain, England. Crowds gathered at the ancient stone circle to celebrate the Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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