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The summer solstice, the formal name for the longest day of the
year, also commonly known and popularised by Shakespeare as
midsummer takes place on the 21st June each year and is celebrated
by different countries and cultures around the world.
Often commonly associated with the druid tradition in Europe, one of the most popular and iconic sites is Stonehenge, where for many years people have traditionally gathered to celebrate the solstice. A more modern interpretation can be found in New York's famous Times Square, where crowds have taken to gathering for a celebration including yoga at sunrise to mark the occasion.
Stonehenge attracts huge crowds for the summer solstice, an event that starts on the evening before, June 20th, and culminates with the sunrise of the morning of June 21st, which falls at 4.52am. Sunset on the previous evening will be at 9.26pm.
Please note that parking is limited at the site and the surrounding
roads can be a nightmare so from personal experience I very much
recommend the local bus service that leaves form Salisbury station
and takes you directly to the site for a very reasonable price.
Times Square, New York
The big event here is the visit of international yoga instructors who will be offering classes in Times Square throughout the day. This year this also falls on the newly announced United Nations International Day of Yoga, another reason to join the party.
Globally, other big summer solstice events include the Midnight Sun Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland and the Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara.
There used to be a live webcam at Stonehenge but this is sadly no
longer in place, so your best option of finding some live streaming
here is to check out the TV news channels. BBC News in particular
will certainly have reporters at Stonehenge providing regular
updates. You can watch this online here:
Summer solstice on the BBC
Latest: There's a good chance there will be a Periscope stream from the Stonhenge summer solstice this year, there is an official Stonehenge Periscope TV feed and there have been sunsets and sunrise streams from there previously, check it out here:
In Times Square you are fortunate enough to be served by probably the best selection of live streaming webcams views anywhere in the world, providing a great view of the days events:
Times Square webcams
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