By Daria Belov

The longest day of the year is here, Sunday is the first day of summer for 2009, taking us into the approaching summer solstice (June 21 at 05:45). As you may be wondering, the solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, resulting the Sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. Opposite from Summer, the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.

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First Day of Summer 2009 – Boats Entering Marina del Rey

The above photo was taken on the west coast of Southern California. Boats are entering the Marina as the sun gets ready to drop below the mountains of Malibu. A much larger version, along with photos of a California Grey Whale that has been in the channel off the coast of Marina del Rey, can be viewed in this Marina del Rey Flickr photo set.

In the northern hemisphere, the days have grown longer, but they will gradually begin getting shorter after June 21. There’s lots happening this weekend, with a continuation of the 2009 US Open Golf Championship this week at Bethpage State Park, Fathers Day (on Sunday), Graduation Day for many thousands across the globe, a World Championship Triathlon in Washington DC, and opportunity to get out on the bicycle and enjoy some sunshine.

I must have mentioned it 10 times today that the first day of summer was this weekend. People looked at me like I was batty, and two even asked me when was the first day of spring? Um, that was in March and now we are in June. So much for spring cleaning. It’s time to get the bikes out of the garage, lube up the rollerblades, find your stakeboard, make plans to visit the beach (or a local state fair), and get out an enjoy yourself.

Many in the US will be off, since the beginning of summer is fortunately falling on a Sunday. The summer solstice gives us our longest day here in North America, but you shouldn’t notice much difference between sunset on Saturday vs Sunday.

If you’re looking for things to do this summer, movie blockbusters are coming out during the next few weeks. Summer movies are great for when it’s too hot out to enjoy the sun, and they’re terrific on warm summer evenings, especially if popcorn is included. Besides the theatre, there are several 2009 Solstice Parade events taking place across the USA. For example the Fremont Fair in Seattle Washington is held this weekend.

Today is also day 3 of the Nike Outdoor Nationals taking place at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. The American Track & Field high school championship meet completes today in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Maybe you want to make a visit to your local chiropractor before you hit up the summer action, we understand, but remember chiropractors tend to be an active and fit group, often taking time off for summer activities themselves. Be sure to call your local DC (doctor of chiropractic) and get the scoop on summer calendar hours. That way you’re not surprised to arrive at the office only to find a Gone Surfing sign.

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