The Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge Will Be Live Streamed. Here’s How to Watch

We might not be able to travel, but thank goodness we live in the digital age. The latest awesome virtual experience for families to experience together? The English Heritage organization will live stream its annual summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge.

The ring of standing stones is already a beautiful, mystical, ancient wonder, but Stonehenge is even more awe-inspiring as the sun rises. And it’s particularly spectacular on the summer solstice.

Stonehenge
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When and What is the Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. This year that day falls on June 21. The celebration at the best-known prehistoric monument, Stonehenge, takes place on that day. Normally the annual celebration attracts thousands of people from all religions and walks of life and from all over the world. They gather on the summer solstice and watch as the sun rises over the Heel Stone together. 

How to Watch the Stonehenge Summer Solstice Live Stream

But this year, due to the pandemic, the English Heritage organization has asked people to stay home on this special day. Even so, they plan to continue the annual celebration via a live stream over their social media accounts. As the director of Stonehenge, Nichola Tasker, told the Matador Network:

“We have consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we would have dearly liked to host the event as per usual, but sadly in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel. We hope that our live stream offers an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.”

The stunning sunrise over live stream may not be the same as seeing it in person, but this live stream will allow even more people to bask in the beauty of the summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge. And that’s something worth celebrating. 

The live stream will air on Sunday, June 21 morning in the early morning hours in England. In other words, if you’re in the U.S., your kiddos may be staying up late to see this beautiful wonder at Stonehenge! You can access the live stream via the social media accounts of the English Heritage organization.

In the meantime too, your kids can learn more about summer solstice celebrations and Stonehenge through places like the Smithsonian Learning Lab

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