Alaskans get asked a lot of questions about that. Everyone's heard of the "Land of the Midnight Sun", and wants to know all about it. Myths about Alaska abound: no, we don't live in igloos. And no, it's not covered in snow year-round. But about the solstice ...
Q: "Is it true the sun never sets?"
A: No, Anchorage isn't far enough north for that to happen. We're 500± miles south of the Arctic Circle, north of which that phenomenon occurs.
Here's what does happen: today, it was light enough to see where you're walking at 2:33 a.m. It will not get truly dusky again until 1:28 a.m. tomorrow. That's 23 hours of daylight, give or take.
To put it another way, we're required by law to have our headlights on from around 11:10pm until 3:50am tomorrow. But we don't really need 'em, this time of year.
Of course it's been cloudy all day, with only short breaks of sunlight. But it's not important ... this sunny spell of "almost always light" lasts for six or seven weeks. Yes, the days will start getting shorter again tomorrow, but we won't have days shorter than, say, St. Louis until late October.
Then the daylight hours will dwindle down to about 4 1/2 hours in December - but that's another post.