It's the first day of summer, the longest day of the year and one of the hottest. Ditch work and let's head to Esther Simplot Park. We have over 15 hours of sunshine and we shouldn't waste it in the office. There's a reason today is so long. 

It's the summer solstice which starts at 10:24 p.m. Anyone on the east coast will have to wait until after midnight to experience the first day of summer. The solstice is when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator seemingly stopping at that moment.

Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop). Consider this astronomy lesson a little summer school for you. The solstice means 15 hours and 26 seconds of sunshine for the Treasure Valley.

Happy first day of summer!

Let's cool off!