Eclipse 2017: 9 Places to Watch in South Carolina


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When the total eclipse of the sun hits on Aug. 21, 2017, you can bet the Palmetto State is going to be throwing a party.

After all, the path of totality, that is to say the 70-mile sweet spot where the sun will go totally dark for upwards of two and a half minutes, cuts right across the state like a pageant winner’s sash. And right in the thick of it are some of South Carolina’s most party-friendly cities.

So if you’re heading up to check out the eclipse, read on for some of the awesome parties you won’t want to miss.

 

GREENVILLE

The eclipse will hit Greenville first, giving you plenty of ways to enjoy “Dream Town USA” in the light and the dark.

Minor League baseball team the Greenville Drive have scheduled a rare night game during the day, with the first pitch schedule for 1:05 p.m. to coincide with the eclipse as it passes over the stadium. During the totality, the game will be put in delay so fans and players alike can check out this celestial wonder.

The Greenville Zoo will also be hosting special eclipse events, giving you a rare chance to see how animals react to a solar eclipse. Animal behaviorists will be on hand giving you insight into this unique phenomenon’s effect on wildlife, and the first 1,000 people to attend will receive free eclipse glasses.

Greenville-Pickens Speedway is the site of Greenville’s most family-friendly eclipse party, the “Yeah That! Blackout! Eclipse Party.” Before you gaze upward in wonder, enjoy some mouth-watering food truck fare and let the kids bounce to their hearts content on an array of inflatables. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids.

 

COLUMBIA

Declaring itself the Solar Eclipse Capital of the East Coast, Columbia will offer more than 120 events during “Total Eclipse Weekend.”

The University of South Carolina will host 10 different eclipse viewing stations on campus, along with educational lectures from a variety of solar physicists and astronomers, on eclipse day and in the days leading up to it. Check out their website for full details on the mind-blowing science coming your way.

Mercer House Estate Winery in nearby Lexington will host The Grape Eclipse, a four-day gathering of wine lovers in celebration of the eclipse. It culiminates with a huge party on site with live jazz, food trucks, loval vendors and the debut of their 2017 Eclipse Wine.

Of course, one of the best places to see the eclipse will be out on the water. Solar 17 presents a great way to get an unfettered view of the action with tents on either side of the Lake Murray Dam, with music from local radio station WCOS and free beverages from Cheerwine.

 

CHARLESTON

There’s never much need for a celebration in the Holy City, so when the eclipse comes to town you can bet that Charleston will be ready.

Charleston’s iconic USS Yorktown, known as “The Fighting Lady” will transform into “The Shaded Lady” for Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s “Eclipse on a Warship” event. Scientists from NASA will be on-hand giving informative lectures before the sun goes down over the flight deck.

Victor Social Club will be hosting a massive solar eclipse celebration from 3-6 p.m. the day of, with a salsa party on Hutson Alley, tequila specials and street tacos from Michael’s on the Alley.

Of course, you’d expect the South Carolina Aquarium to be on top of the eclipse and you’d be correct. In the days leading up to the eclipse, experts from NASA will be on hand with science demonstrations as well as NASA goodie bags. And get there the day of with a few hours to spare so you can watch NASA’s livestream of the eclipse as it approaches Charleston in the Recovery Theater. Then, make your way out to the water’s edge where the education team will be circulating during viewing, dispensing eclipse facts.

These are just a few of the many events happening throughout the state during what promises to be an awe-inspiring solar eclipse.