So you’ve picked up your NASA-approved glasses and gathered your viewing group for Monday’s solar eclipse. Now all you need is somewhere to watch it. Although Maryland viewers will only be able to catch 80 percent of solar coverage as opposed to a full eclipse, many local parks and libraries are taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host viewing parties and events. Whether you’re looking to watch it with the kids or catch a glimpse yourself, the phenomenon can be caught in the area any time after 1 p.m. with coverage reaching totality around 3 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Black Hill Nature Programs
No reservations needed, viewers can come any time between noon and 4 p.m. to experience the eclipse. Eclipse glasses and other viewing devices will be available to attendees.
Zip the Eclipse at Sandy Spring Adventure Park
Feeling adventurous? Catch the view from the trees when you join Sandy Spring Adventure Park for a climb Monday afternoon. Free glasses will be provided, and reservations are required. HD glasses will also be on sale for direct viewing.
Skywatching - Solar Eclipse Party at Gaithersburg International Latitude Observatory
Hosted by Gaithersburg Community Museum and the Rockville Science Center, join fellow watchers for an afternoon of eclipse-themed activities, experiments and takeaways. Free solar glasses and a livestream of the full eclipse will also be available.
"Total Eclipse in the Park" event at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park
Hangout alongside Montgomery Parks during their freewatch party complete with a dance party, games and giveaways. Free solar glasses will be provided to guests for the duration of the event.
Montgomery County Public Libraries Solar Eclipse Events
Geared mostly toward younger crowds, many local libraries will be holding eclipse story times, celebrations and viewing events throughout the day. Registration is required for most events as space and glasses are limited.