One of the Southeast’s most vibrant mid-sized cities, Columbia, S.C., is home to the longest total solar eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast and will host Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., a long weekend of more than 50 eclipse-related festivals and events, from Aug. 18 to 21, 2017.
Experience The Total Solar Eclipse Of 2017
In Columbia, South Carolina
THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE CAPITAL OF THE EAST COAST
A LONG WEEKEND OF ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a thin, roughly 100 mile-wide path that runs diagonally across America from Oregon to South Carolina. The difference between a partial eclipse and a total eclipse is monumental -- even the difference between a 99% eclipse and a 100% eclipse is remarkable enough to draw visitors from all over the globe when it occurs.
Throughout the long weekend of August 18-21, 2017, attractions, cultural institutions, hospitality and retail businesses in Columbia, S.C. – the total solar eclipse capital of the East Coast – will host special eclipse-related events leading up to nature's grandest spectacle.
CLOSE IS NOT CLOSE ENOUGH.
The Longest Total Eclipse on the East Coast
2 Minutes and 36 Seconds of 100% Total Eclipse
At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, viewers who have gathered in the Greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience the longest period of 100% total eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast of the United States — ranging from 2 minutes and 30 seconds to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total darkness.
Experts estimate that this total solar eclipse will be the most watched eclipse in the history of the world as we know it. Only those in the “path of totality” will have the extremely rare, awe-inspiring experience of witnessing a 100% total eclipse.
The Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., initiative was created to serve as a central hub for information about experiencing the eclipse in the Midlands region of South Carolina. Organizations are encouraged to dream up and host eclipse-related activities, festivities and more during the long weekend of Aug. 18-21, 2017, and then post them here on this website. Read more about Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., and learn how you can get involved!