In the U.S., one of the most elaborate solstice celebrations takes place in Santa Barbara. Each year, the three-day festival is accompanied by a parade, peopled with colorfully-costumed stiltwalkers, performance artists, Brazilian drummers, and kids donning masks, costumes, and painted faces.
Libations are as much a summer stalwart as, well, sunshine. For some celebrants, alcohol is a major draw.
"I usually don't care much for traditions, but if it comes in the form of good food, drinks and great company I can endure it," says Robban Kanto, who last year celebrated Midsummer for the first time since childhood in Zinkgruvan, Sweden.
As a hobby photographer, Kanto took it upon himself to document the festivities. "I used the camera to get out of the other [preparation] duties," he jokes.
Hit the beach
For some, nothing epitomizes summer as perfectly as the beach. Victoria E. Yu, a 16-year old student with a penchant for photography, likes visiting the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier.
"Once you're seated, the Ferris wheel begins to move at a pace that's neither slow nor fast; just a perfectly smooth rotation. It's exactly what an ideal summer is like: passing by neither too quickly nor too slowly," she says.