Yay, summer is officially here! As described on PlanetSave, "on June 21 2013, at exactly 1:04 am EDT (5:04 UTC), the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth will reach its point of greatest inclination to the Sun. The term ‘summer solstice’ generally refers to the exact moment in time when this occurs, but also to the day.
The day, and also the general period in time, are also referred to as midsummer. The summer solstice is an important holiday in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and was very important to many ancient cultures....The solstice was/is thought to be the time “when the forces of nature are at their most powerful, and the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds are thinnest.” The term used in modern times — solstice — is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still)."
It has been a time of celebrating the long days of summer, and the abundance of nature since the times before recorded history. In stone age Britain, it was a time of dancing, feasting, large bonfires, and gathering of medicinal plants and herbs. Need I say more? Go gather those medicinal herbs, and while you're at it, dance naked around a bonfire or two! If that's not your style, check out how some brave people spend the summer solstice in Seattle.