ENC residents enjoy earliest Summer Solstice in 228 years

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Today is the Summer Solstice or what is considered the official start of summer around the world. Astronomers say this is the earliest occurrence in 228 years.

It’s June 20th, 2024, and many people could be seen soaking up the sun at the Outdoor Aquatics Center in Greenville.

Cordelia caldwell says so far, her summer has been nothing short of a celebration.

“I really like going to the pool alot and having ice cream, yeah and I enjoy being outside a lot,” says Caldwell.

According to the National Weather Service, the Summer Solstice occurs at the moment the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum or when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in a year.

Caldwell says she is looking forward to showcasing her talent in front of an audience.

“I am very excited for this summer because I am in a production of Willy Wonka, Jr., I play Grandma Georgina,” says Caldwell.

Officials say people in Pitt County will enjoy 14 hours and 34 minutes of sunlight on Thursday.

Bingham Roberts says his plans for this summer include more of an indoor inspiration.

“Play video games, yup and sit on the couch and don’t go to camps at all, yup that’s it,” says Roberts.

Officials say the Summer Solstice officially began at 4:50 pm and is happening at the earliest time of the year since June 20th, 1796.