• Solar eclipse watch parties in the Jacksonville area

    By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax


    Several organizations are planning to host solar eclipse watch parties in the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia area.

    The University of North Florida is hosting a solar eclipse watch party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.

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    A limited number of viewing glasses and telescopes will be provided to safely view this rare event.

    The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to park in Lot 18, near Harmon Baseball Stadium, Building 27; visitor parking costs $2.

    Another solar eclipse watch party will be held at the Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    Another watch party will be held in St. Marys, Georgia, at the same time.

    St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting the event at Howard Gilman Park at 100 St. Marys Street.

    The visitors bureau will provide free eclipse glasses to the first 150 guests.

    A watch party and celebration will be in St. Augustine from Aug. 18 to 21.

    Beginning Friday, Fort Matanzas officials are inviting families to participate in activities and learn about the history and science of solar eclipses. You can pick up free glasses specifically designed for viewing the sun.

    A second event will begin on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center.

    It will begin with a ranger presentation about the history and cultural perspectives of solar eclipses. The partial eclipse will begin at 1:17 p.m. and the maximum eclipse of 90 percent will be visible at 2:49 p.m.

    St. Johns County is hosting another solar eclipse viewing celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park.

    Residents and visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and view the solar eclipse. Safety glasses, and solar-filtered telescopes and binoculars will be provided to participants to view the eclipse.

    For more information, please call 904-827-6944. 

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