Have you ever heard the saying, “the future’s so bright we gotta wear shades?” Well, that rings true for Merriam, Kansas and the entire Nation on Monday, August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse treks across the country–an event not witnessed in 38 years and one that many of us may never see again.
To welcome the eclipse, Merriam has teamed up with other local CVB’s and Chambers, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and local food trucks to offer “Total Eclipse in the Parks.” If you have the opportunity, you should try to make the trek to the path of totality and we are aware that our destinations are not in the path of totality. But, there are some folks who simply can’t make the trip to the path, so we’re hosting eclipse viewing parties in Merriam, Shawnee/Lenexa, and Olathe. We’ll be 99.8% dark during the eclipse, so if you’re looking for a lunchtime spot to view this celestial celebration, come on out to Antioch Park, Heritage Park or Shawnee Mission Theater in The Park anytime between 11:30-1:30 on Monday! If you’re one of the first 200 individuals to join us, you’ll score a FREE pair of ISO certified solar viewing glasses.
Until then, check out a few eclipse tips we think you’ll enjoy! Happy eclipsing.
- Arrive a little early to your view site to secure your prime viewing location. Antioch Park view site will be at Shelter 2. Parking is limited (again, not in the path of totality, just FYI)
- Bring plenty of water, a lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and bug spray.
- Pack a cooler or bring some cash (or credit card) to grab a bite from the Fresh & Tasty Food Truck–they’ll have cold sandwiches, baked potatoes, mac & cheese and cold drinks.
- Secure your solar viewing device early! Many places are selling non certified glasses now which are not safe to view the eclipse. Look for the proper ISO requirement on the glasses.
- Bring a camera to document the event, but don’t miss the actual peak by viewing through a camera lens. Take it in and enjoy this historic celestial moment. If you must shoot photos, remember to still protect your eyes.
- If you can’t even make it outside at all, download the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 app by Exploratorium. This cool app will feature live streaming by educators and NASA scientists. NASA will also live stream on television so everyone can view.
- Check-out this eclipse map which details the path of totality across Kansas!
- Here’s a list of fun eclipse events in our region!
Happy eclipsing everyone!