NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The first day of summer, also known as the summer solstice, falls on Monday, June 20 this year.
The sun rises at 4:45 a.m and will set at 10:34 p.m.
The 17-hour stretch of sunlight makes it the longest day of the year.
"The Earth is tilted in such a way that the sun's rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer, which is the northern most point," said FOX 5 meteorologist Audrey Puente.
Many cultures throughout history have celebrated the solstice for being symbolic of renewal, fertility and harvest.
Also making the day special, is the coinciding of a 'Strawberry' moon.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, it's the first time in almost 70 years that the summer solstice lands on the same day as a full moon is visible in the sky all night long.