Today in History: Grateful Dead Kicks Off the Summer of Love
On June 21, 1967, the official start of summer was celebrated with a Summer Solstice ceremony to welcome the "Summer of Love" of 1967. The "Summer of Love" was a two-month long gathering during which over 100,000 hippies converged upon the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.
During the Summer Solstice ceremony, people were invited to watch the sunrise and make a pilgrimage to Golden Gate Park. There the festivities continued with a free concert including performances by acts such as Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Solstice party at the park’s Polo Fields was attended by a crowd numbering somewhere between 30-50,000 people.