Savannah has been abuzz in anticipation of the Solar Eclipse happening on Monday, August 21st, 2017. While Savannah is not in the direct line of the eclipse, we are still promised to have quite a show. Click here to learn more about what to expect during the Eclipse in Savannah. In preparation, many schools have decided to call of class for the day, and we anticipate many may take off work as well to spend this special time with their family.
While many parts of the Lowcountry are not in the path of totality, we are near several places that are! Charleston, South Carolina is in the path of totality and less than a two hour drive away. Talk about a good excuse for a road trip!
The Partial Eclipse will begin at 1:15pm on Mon, Aug 21st. The maximum eclipse is expected at 2:45pm, with the eclipse ending at 4:09pm. Below is what you can expect to see in Savannah during the time of maximum eclipse.
How to Watch a Solar Eclipse
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe during the solar eclipse. The only way to look directly at the partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses. Normal sunglasses are NOT safe to use.
You may be lucky enough to find some eclipse glasses at Kroger, Home Depot, Lowes, and other stores but may Savannahians are having trouble finding certified Eclipse Glasses due to the high demand. Click here for a list of American Astronomical Society approved eclipse glasses vendors.
Savannah Eclipse Events
There are bound to be countless “Eclipse Viewing Parties” on Monday, and some local Savannah businesses are getting in on the fun.
1. Off the Path Eclipse Party
Fort Pulaski will offer arts, crafts, and Junior Ranger activities for children with educational programs regarding solar eclipses on Monday, August 21 at 11:00am. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available while supplies last.
2. Post Eclipse Party at The Jinx
Celebrate this celestial event with a FREE concert from the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at The Jinx on Congress Street. Show starts at 6:30pm.
3. Solar Eclipse Lunch or Sightseeing Cruise
The Georgia Queen is offering a Solar Eclipse Lunch and/or Sightseeing Cruise. The open-air top deck will offer incredible views of the Eclipse, while the Captain narrates through the Eclipse’s progression. Make sure to bring property safety eye protection for viewing!
4. Eclipse Themed Drinks at Rocks on the Roof
With a view overlooking the waterfront and city, Rocks on the Roof is an ideal place to view the eclipse. They will be offering eclipse themed drinks like “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “A Total Eclipse of the Heart” specialty cocktails for the event!
5. Solar Eclipse Scavenger Hunt
If your kids are off school, Trek Savannah is offering10% off their self guided scavenger hunts with you use code SOLARHUNT at checkout.