Anchorage residents soak up the fun at the Downtown Solstice Festival
Celebrating the Summer solstice in the land of the midnight sun is a long time tradition for Alaskans, and the city of Anchorage takes full advantage of the extra daylight to fit in as much fun as possible.
Every year the Downtown Solstice Festival transforms 4th Avenue in a giant party to commemorate the longest day of the year. There was a whole lot of food and plenty of fun on tap this year, with local art, music and games for the kids. For some, it's growing into as much of a tradition as the Iditarod ceremonial start or Fur Rondy.
"Its 24 hours of sun here. It's all the time, and we just have to celebrate what we have and the kids like to get out," said festival goer, Jackie Brown. "We've been here every year for about 4 years or so, we know we're coming down here every year."
Anchorage soaked up 19 hours, 21 minutes and 14 seconds Saturday. That's nine seconds less than the Summer solstice on Friday.