About this time of year, the folks up north are getting ready since June 21st, the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. It's a time of celebration in many parts of the world, but who could appreciate all that light more than those in Alaska?
Alaskan summers are great, because the weather is mild, the days are long and even at night the sun is never far below the horizon. The further north you go, the more daylight you get. In Anchorage, it's possible to read a book outside at midnight in late June. In Barrow, on Alaska's North Slope, it doesn't get dark at all for several months.
Summer is a busy time in Alaska.There are a million things to attend to: Fishing, Camping, and Bike riding. Gigantic mountains, a half-million acre state park, 300 miles of hiking and biking trails, world-class sport fishing for big king salmon, monster veggies growing wildly beneath the midnight sun.
And yet Alaskans still find time to throw parties and festivals. During the summer months, a weekend doesn’t go by in Anchorage without at least one summer festival or outdoor arts and entertainment event taking place. One of which is the Downtown Summer Solstice Celebration where Alaskans celebrate the longest day of the year in Town Square with tons of events packed into one sweet celebration. Live musical performances keep downtown hopping until the sun goes down, a tall order on a day with 22 hours of functional daylight.
These events and many more fun activities is the Anchorage way to experience one of the best summer festivals of the summer!
Do you have enough things to do when days are long?