Date(s) - 08/21/2017
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Not Provided
On the day of the eclipse, you can visit several places in the area to view the eclipse safely and get information from knowledgeable staff. The approximate time the eclipse will pass our area will be between 1 pm and 4 pm. While other cities will experience the full effect, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia will still get quite an experience, with about 81% totality (also see this site for more details on the path and projected timeline of the eclipse).
Local sites hosting Eclipse 2017 viewing events:
- The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air & Space Museum will be open, weather-permitting, on the day of the eclipse so that people can observe the partial eclipse through appropriately filtered telescopes and safe solar eclipse viewers. Admission is free
- Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will have special events at some of its lakefront parks to get one of the best views of the solar eclipse. This program will provide you with a rare opportunity to learn and safely experience the eclipse; solar eclipse glasses will be provided to participants. The program begins at 12:30 at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station and at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield ; admission is $8 per person.
- FCPA also will have a way for you to see the eclipse from a tour boat at these same parks; spots are limited and are $16 per person age three and up. Solar eclipse glasses also will be provided to participants. Register for Burke Lake Park or Lake Accotink Park.
Also: learn more about local ways to celebrate the eclipse prior to the event!