But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow over the event, which marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the official start of summer.
Instead of congregating at the site, English Heritage is encouraging viewers to tune into a live streamed sunset on June 20 and sunrise on June 21, broadcast live from the precisely arranged giant stones, which date back to around 2500 BC.
The June 20 sunset is at 9:26 p.m. local time, and sunrise takes place at 4:52 a.m. local time.
Though the purpose of Stonehenge remains unknown to modern archeologists and historians, the layout of the famous stones is positioned in relation to the solstices and the sun’s movements.
Gathering at the site on the summer solstice is an age-old tradition that, under normal circumstances, thousands still observe every year.
Those wanting to visit the sarsen stones won’t have to wait for much longer — according to English Heritage, the site should be open to visitors with advanced bookings from July 4.