St. Louis County Parks will also host a free public viewing event at Jefferson Barracks Park. According to St. Louis County Parks, it is the St. Louis region’s first total solar eclipse in more than 400 years. While some parts of the St. Louis region will be able to view the full eclipse, in other areas it will only be visible as a partial eclipse. Learn more about the Great American Eclipse.
The moon’s shadow will begin its pass over the sun at 11:49 a.m. Aug. 21, 2017, with the total eclipse occurring from 1:17-1:19 p.m., according to St. Louis County Parks. Specialized eclipse glasses will be required to view the eclipse safely, as looking at the sun directly, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage.
St. Charles County Parks is partnering with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) to offer viewing parties at three county parks. Events will be held at Klondike Park in Augusta, Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance and Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville. Klondike Park will see 2 minutes 14 seconds of totality, Broemmelsiek Park 1 minute 35 seconds of totality, and Quail Ridge Park 1 minute 1 second of totality. Gates will open at 9 a.m. Food, vendors and entertainment will be onsite. Each event will be limited to 1,000 guests and each guest will receive a pair of eclipse glasses, which must be picked up in advance, along with passes, at the Youth Activity Park (7801 Hwy. N, Dardenne Prairie, MO, 63368), the week of Aug. 14-20. Free tickets will soon be available for Total Eclipse in the Park; call 636-949-7535 for reservations. Carpooling is recommended, as parking will be limited. Commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase on the St. Charles County Parks website beginning July 1.
Another "hot spot" to view the Total Solar Eclipse is The Magic House. The children's museum in Kirkwood will host a party in the front garden from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21. The event, which is included with general museum admission, will feature a dance party and other activities.
According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 42 state parks and historic sites and 22 Katy Trail trailheads will be in the path of the eclipse. Felix Valle will have the longest viewing at 2 minutes 40 seconds. Missouri State Parks is offering special camping and lodging packages at state parks in the viewing area, as well as a Total Eclipse of the Katy Bicycle Ride. Learn more.
Friends of the Wentzville Parks will host viewing parties at Peruque Valley Park and Progress Park, both in Wentzville, at noon on Aug. 21. Protective glasses will be available for purchase in advance for $1 at Wentzville City Hall and Progress Park Recreation Center in Wentzville. Washington, Missouri, has also announced a total solar eclipse event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Washington Fairgrounds. The event will include viewing and education areas, food, souvenirs and more. Visit their Facebook page for updates. Ellisville will host 2017 Ellisville Eclipse from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 21 in Bluebird Park. Those looking for grownup fun are also invited to The Loop Eclipse Festival Sunday, Aug. 20 for music, food and a special themed package at the Moonrise Hotel & Eclipse Restaurant.
To learn more about the solar eclipse in advance of the event, catch a Live Sky: Eclipse show, which is offered at 2:30 p.m. daily at James S. McDonnell Planetarium, which includes a pair of eclipse glasses.