For the first time in decades, tourists will be unable to experience the summer solstice at Stonehenge in person. However, more people than ever will be able to view the event with the first ever livestream organized by the English Heritage.
The summer solstice attracts thousands of visitors to Stonehenge each year, because when the Sun appears over the horizon on the solstice, it looks to line up perfectly with the stone structure. This phenomenon leads many to believe that the site of Stonehenge was an important site in druid solstice celebrations when it was first erected some 3,500 to 5,000 years ago.
In normal circumstances, thousands of tourists would make their way to the landmark. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the English Heritage organization is asking people to stay home. They hope to appease worried tourists who will miss it by livestreaming the event on social media.
You can watch the livestream on English Heritage’s Facebook page on the morning of June 21 from the UK, or the evening of June 20 from the United States. The sun will rise at approximately 4:52 am (GMT+1) or 11:52 pm (EST).