On Monday, August 21, 2017 the City of Columbia experienced a Total Solar Eclipse and all citizens are encouraged to please take preventive measures to ensure your safety and security while traveling and viewing the eclipse. The City of Columbia provides definitive information on the sequence of the total Solar Eclipse and how to safely view the eclipse with your eclipse glasses.


For a comprehensvie document of the preparations for the Total Solar Eclipse, you can download this Eclipse Operations Response Report


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. 

The City of Columbia is will experience the Total Solar Eclipse during the following hours:
Eclipse begins at 1:13 p.m. – eclipse glasses on
Totality begins at 2:41 p.m. – eclipse glasses off
Totality ends at 2:44 p.m. – eclipse glasses on
End of eclipse at 4:06 p.m.