The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) is on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

It is time to grab those sandals, bathing suits and picnic baskets and celebrate another changing of the seasons.

Spring has officially ended and summer is now here.

Although the temperatures in late May and early June can be extremely warm in much of the world it is only during the 3rd week of June that the very first day of summer fun makes its debut.

The first day of summer is also recognized as the Summer Solstice.

For people who live in Canada, the US and other parts of the northern hemisphere this day occurs on the 20th or 21st of June. This is the exact time of the year when the Sun is located in its northernmost position.

The Summer Solstice makes its arrival in the northern half of the world at 7:28 am (EST) on the 21st of June 2010.

For a number of people this Wednesday will be another workday but those sunny skies and hot temperature readings will send others in search of some summer fun and excitement.

The good thing about the first day of summer is that this is also the longest day of the year and that means that there will be just a little more daylight to enjoy.

The sunrise will occur just a few minutes after 5am and it will not set until 8:24 pm. That means there will be plenty of time for workers to put in a full day at their job and still have time to celebrate the beginning of Summer.

Today Is The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice)

Today Is The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice)