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By Sarah Storkin
Observer Staff Writer 

Main Street Celebrates Solstice with "Soulstice," Rock Climbing and Face Painting

There were 5 stages, over 100 vendors, and a beer and wine garden

 

Mary Leipziger

Summer Soulstice this year had a crowd of about 10,000 people over 4 hours

Main Street Celebrates Solstice

The annual Summer SOULstice block party event was held on Saturday June 24th. The event included live music, a wine garden, beer tent, local vendors and a petting zoo for children.

Soulstice celebrate Ocean Park, and the longest day of the year of course, which occurred on June 21st.

Main Street was closed from Pico to Ocean Park with side-street closures from Ocean Park to Kinney for Main Streets Annual Free Open Street Festival. There were 5 stages, over 100 vendors, and a beer and wine garden.

The summer solstice (or estival solstice), also known as midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. At the pole, there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. On the summer solstice, Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. Likewise, the Sun's declination from the celestial equator is 23.44°.

Mary Leipziger

The summer solstice occurs during the hemisphere's summer. This is the June solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the December solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern Hemisphere[3][4] and between December 20 and December 23 in the Southern Hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice.

Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions (especially Europe), the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as "midsummer". Today, however, in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer.

 

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