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Eclipse Columbia

Eclipse Columbia

City Offices to Open on August 21

The City of Columbia will be open for business on Monday, August 21 with services being suspended in a a few locations from 12 - 3 p.m. The locations that will be closed during the Total Solar Eclipse are: all City Payment Centers; Customer Care, Business Licensing, Zoning, Planning and Development in the Washington Square Building (1136 Washington St.); Municipal Court (811 Washington St.), Human Resources (1225 Lady St.) and Parking Services Office (820 Washington St.).   


Frequently Asked Questions 

The City of Columbia has produced a list of frequently asked questions to assist citizens with some of the questions they may have regarding the Total Solar Eclipse. Click here to view those questions. 


Map of Events and Public Viewing Sites 

The City of Columbia has created a map that displays the Total Eclipse Weekend events as well as locations that are allowing public viewing of the eclipse. Click here to view the map. 

The City of Columbia has five parks designated as public viewing sites on Monday, August 21. Citizens and guests are encouraged to visit the following locations:

  • Drew Park (beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center), 2101 Walker Solomon Way
  • Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
  • Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
  • Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. (The north end is also available for viewing at 4122 River Drive)
  • Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Rd.

Solar eclipse glasses will be available for guests while supplies last.

Restrooms, portable toilets, hand washing stations and manifolds (water stations) will be available on site.

Guests are encouraged to bring water bottles and fill them at the water stations. 

Click here to download a map of the City Parks and facilities that will be open. 



The City of Columbia’s Parking Services Division has announced upcoming parking options for the Total Solar Eclipse weekend Saturday, August 19 – August 21, 2017. The following parking decks will be open for the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Washington Street Deck, Taylor Street Deck, Lady Street Deck, Park Street Deck, Lincoln Street Deck and PJ Cannon. Event parking rates may apply for City parking decks during the Total Solar Eclipse weekend, cash only.


The following City surface lots will be available for parking during the eclipse weekend: Sumter Street lot, Devine Street lot and Harden Street/Exxon lot. The Convention Center lot will be available for parking only on Monday, August 21. All surface lots event parking rates may apply only on Monday, August 21, cash only.


On-street parking will operate as normal. 


For a map of the parking locations, click here


Fire Department Operations

The City of Columbia Fire Department prevention staff and special operation resources will be assigned to key venues during Total Solar Eclipse Weekend. The Operations Division will be flexible enough to staff as needed in areas of concerns such as density of population and if a certain day or area becomes more populated.


“Prior to the total solar eclipse weekend our fire prevention staff has worked on pre-inspections for the number of events that will be occurring on Saturday, August 19 – Monday, August 21,” said Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins, Columbia Fire Department Chief. “Our intentions are to make our residents and visitors safe by conducting these pre-inspections. We have been meeting to discuss how we’re planning to have extra personnel on duty for the eclipse weekend and especially on Monday, August 21 in preparation for the large crowd.”


Columbia-Richland Alerts (CRA)

The City of Columbia and Richland County have partnered and created multiple ways for citizens to receive Columbia-Richland Alerts (CRA). The  Columbia-Richland Alerts is an program designed to provide citizens with time-sensitive information. The types of messages citizens can receive from the CRA system are: public safety, community events, water/sewer, severe weather, public meetings/hearings, traffic safety, street closures and community awareness. Citizens can receive these alerts through text messages, email (personal/work), home phone, business phone, cell phone and other devices.


The Columbia-Richland 9-1-1 will be disturbing information through the (CRA) Columbia-Richland Alerts system about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse to raise awareness to all citizens of Columbia and Richland County.


The City of Columbia encourages all residents of the Columbia and Richland County to register for these alerts.

Register to receive alerts about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. 


Safety Tips


The City of Columbia will be home to the longest total solar eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast on Monday, August 21. Download our list of helpful Safety Tips


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