From private backyards and rooftops to high school football fields, lakes and state parks, solar eclipse watchers set to arrive in Greenwood for the event will have many options to witness history.
Totality over the 100-mile-wide path happens at 2:39 p.m. Aug. 21 and lasts for 2 minutes and 28 seconds.
The first continental solar eclipse since 1979, there hasn’t been a coast-to-coast phenomenon since 1918.
It will take 94 minutes for the eclipse to traverse the nation, originating in Oregon and pushing through to South Carolina.
The website GreatAmericanEclipse.com, a clearinghouse for information related to the event, says the Palmetto State will be one of the primary viewing areas.
“South Carolina will be a significant destination for the eclipse because it will be the nearest spot within the path of totality for at least 100 million Americans in the Atlantic Seaboard and Florida,” the website states.
Greenwood officials are expecting heavy travel into the area for the weekend, with pre and post-eclipse events planned at several venues.
“Considering Greenwood County has been featured in Men’s Journal, Reader’s Digest, CNN Travel and other national media outlets as a 'best place' to experience the eclipse, we should anticipate increased visitor traffic,” Barrineau said.
The Uptown Market is hosting a viewing party on Monday from 1-3 p.m. featuring music, refreshments, beer and wine sales and an interactive corona art project. Complementary eclipse glasses will also be provided, and a live feed from NASA will show the eclipse in real time.
City Manager Charlie Barrineau said officials are expecting "well over" 1,000 people to attend.
Uptown merchants will offer eclipse sales starting at 10 a.m. Monday, and The Mill House will be serving space-themed pizza throughout the day on Sunday and Monday.
The Greenwood Museum will be open from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday featuring a special “Seeds in Space” exhibit.
Inn on the Square is having “APosteclipse” wrap-up party at 3:30 p.m. Monday with specialty drinks and glow-in-the-dark T-shirts among the offerings.
Greenwood Community Theatre is showing a movie at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and the city’s splash pad will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
Lake Greenwood State Park, which offers pristine views of the skyline, will open its grounds for eclipse-related festivities. Park rangers will lead a special program starting at 1 p.m., leading up to the darkness.
The lake itself should be abuzz with activity. ECLIPSEFEST 2017 runs from 1:30-5 p.m. A boat social takes place on the shores near Camp Fellowship & Conference Center, and vessels are encouraged to mingle before and after the moon blocks out the sun.
The National Historic Site in Ninety Six is opening its visitors center for special Monday hours to allow for viewing. A range of family friendly events are planned, and eclipse gazers are encouraged to bring their own equipment.