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How People Have Celebrated The First Day Of Summer Over The Past Century

Here come the sun, summer, and more fun on June 21, 2018!

Posted on June 21, 2018, at 2:35 p.m. ET

1911: the Bronx, New York

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Teen girls have lunch during a midsummer festival.

1925: Glacier National Park Reservation, Montana

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Native American women play a stick game at a midsummer celebration.

1935: Tokyo, Japan

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Fishers carry a mikoshi across the river during a midsummer festival.

1944: Sweden

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Musicians play for a dancing crowd during a Midsummer's Eve celebration.

1951: London, England

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Princess Elizabeth dances at the Midsummer Festival Ball.

1967: San Francisco, California

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A boy carries paper flowers at a summer solstice celebration.

1978: Stonehenge, England

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Druids practice their art at the Stonehenge ruins during the midsummer solstice.

1987: Wiltshire, England

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Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath (standing, right), celebrates the annual summer solstice with a garden party at his home.

1997: Seattle, Washington

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A stilt walker and nude cyclists out on the street during the annual solstice celebration.

2015: Curiepe, Venezuela

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A woman dances during the Festival of San Juan, an African and Catholic tradition celebrating the summer solstice, the coming of the rains, and the freedom of the black slaves who fled to Curiepe during colonial times.

2009: Minsk, Belarus

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Belarusians sing and dance on the eve of Ivan Kupala Day, an ancient nightlong celebration marking the summer solstice.

2018: London, England

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The sun rises over the London skyline.


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