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5 super spots to celebrate the summer solstice

Sunday – June 21 – is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The astronomical start of summer is a popular event in some parts of the globe.

Already have plans for this weekend? Well, there’s always the longest day of 2016 to plan for.

Cheapflights.com touts these as the most intriguing sun-fun destinations for this weekend:

Iceland. So far to the north, sunset June 21 is around midnight; sunrise is three hours later. The three-day Secret Solstice Midnight Sun Music Festival in the capital, Reykjavik, has a wide range of bands spread over its 72 daylight hours.

Stonehenge, England. The fabled ancient site west of London draws druids, pagans, New Agers and others. Thought to be a neolithic calendar, the sun rises that day in alignment with the enormous stones.

Times Square, New York. Why should all the hoopla there be in the dark on the last day of the year? Solstice in Times Square, a yoga event begins at 7 a.m. on the solstice and continues until just before sunset.

Ottawa, Canada. Native Americans traditionally also took note of the summer solstice, and the capital of Canada celebrates that day as National Aboriginal Day with the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival. The three-day, family-friendly event in Vincent Massey Park includes a wide range of Native American arts.

Santa Barbara, Calif. The Summer Solstice Celebration at Alameda Park has the Southern California earmarks: huge crowds (more than 100,000 revelers in attendance), a parade and an offbeat thrust. Each year has a theme; this year it’s science-fiction.

For more Cheapflights solstice picks, go to www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-summer-solstice-celebrations-around-the-world.