Spend some time this weekend celebrating the Summer Solstice at Cahokia Mounds. During each solstice, visitors gather to celebrate the season with a Sunrise Observance. The next event isSunday, June 18 @ 5:20 am – 6:00 am.
A solstice happens twice a year when the sun is at its most northerly or southerly point. This day in the summer is in June and Winter is in December. The Summer Solstice has the most sunlight of the year and the Winter Solstice has the least amount of sunlight.
Cahokia Mounds celebrates these events each with a gathering at the “Woodhenge” solar calendar. There are no rituals or ceremonies but guest have the ability to stand in the same place that the Mississippian people once stood to watch the sunrise according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Visitors are also able to purchase gifts from the gift shop for handmade jewelry, ceramics, and more.
The event is free, but donations are encouraged. The Interpretive Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm for the summer and the grounds are open daily from dawn till dusk.