By Amy McKeever
June 23, 2015
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SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Revelers take part in celebrations to mark the summer solstice at Stonehenge prehistoric monument on June 21, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge on Sunday morning to watch the sun rise on the summer solstice. According to reports, about 23,000 people in total joined this year's celebration, an annual event at the United Kingdom's iconic prehistoric monument. This number is a bit down from last year.

Celebrating the solstice at Stonehenge has long been popular in the UK. For many, it's an excuse for drunken revelry. For others, it's a pagan pilgrimage. But also, the solstice is one time of the year when English Heritage, the organization that oversees English historical sites, allows visitors access to the entire site, including the inner circle of stones which are normally only accessible.

With the smaller number of revelers at this year's summer solstice, so there were fewer reports of crime. The BBC reports that there were just nine arrests for drug offenses on Sunday and that the event was "positive and peaceful." As for the sunrise? It was bangin'. Check out the photos:

SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: People take photos of the Summer Solstice sunrise at Stonehenge on June 21, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Revelers take part in celebrations to mark the summer solstice at Stonehenge prehistoric monument on June 21, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Revelers embrace the stones of Stonehenge during celebrations to mark the summer solstice at Stonehenge prehistoric monument on June 21, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Revelers take part in celebrations to mark the summer solstice at Stonehenge prehistoric monument on June 21, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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| Credit: Anadolu Agency