This Year’s Great Smoky Mountains Firefly Event Is Going Virtual—Here’s How to Watch

Pack your bags, we’re taking a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tonight. Virtually, of course. Why you might ask? Well, to see the famous synchronous firefly show.

This year, the annual (in-person) viewing event was canceled due to the current pandemic. Luckily, thanks to the power of technology, you and your family can experience the sight of the Smoky Mountain fireflies from the comfort of your home. Discover Life in America (DLiA) has teamed up with nature photographer Radim Schreiber to bring the Virtual Fireflies Event to small screens around the world. The organization shared the news in an Instagram post. 

“Announcing DLiA's first-ever virtual fireflies event! Join us on YouTube Monday, June 1st at 8pm EDT for firefly science and stunning firefly footage from our friend @radimphoto!” they captioned the post. “DLiA staff will answer your questions live in the chat.”

According to a press release, “The display will include the world-famous synchronous fireflies, as well as blue ghosts and other firefly species native to the Smokies region, all set to relaxing sounds of nature.” The event, which will be hosted on YouTube, will include a short presentation about fireflies followed by footage of the glittering insect show. Not to mention, it’s completely free (although they are accepting donations). 

You can tune into Virtual Fireflies Event tonight at 8 p.m. ET. We’ll see you there.