Richland County Solar Eclipse 2024








Total Solar Eclipse!

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse. This solar eclipes will span across 13 U.S. states and have a 124-mile band.  

What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon appears to completely obscure the sun. The last total solar eclipse that happened in Richland County was in 1806 and the next one won’t happen until 2444. This is a once in a lifetime event! This total solar eclipe is expected to arrive in Richland County at approximately 3:12p.m. and will last for approximately 3 minutes and 12 seconds of daytime darkness while the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. 

What should I expect for this once in a lifetime event?

Richland County will be in the path of totality for the eclipse. It is projected that approximately 250,000 people will be in Richland County for this event. That is double the normal population of the county. Many hotels are already sold out. Traffic is expected to be heavier than usual and many of the grocery stores will be flooded with extra visitors. It is recommended that residents stock up on grocery essentials before the event.  

Eclipse Eye Safety

It is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection like eclipse glasses that meet certain requirements of the ISO 12312-2. Do NOT look at the sun through a telescope, binoculars, and camera lens while wearing eclipse glasses. Find more safety tips HERE

Where can I get Eclipse Glasses?

When purchasing eclipse glasses, it is important to make sure they meet all safety requirements. A list of retailers can be found HERE



The Environmental Health Division issues temporary food licenses, temporary campground permits, and temporary body art permits. Permits are required and inspections are done to ensure all facilities, including temporary facilities for festivals and other special events, are in complaince with the health and safety requirements of the state health department. If you are planning to have your food truck at an event, planning on providing body art at an event, or planning to allow camping on your property, you will be reqired to have a permit. The appropriate applications can be found below. For questions, please call 419-774-4520. 

Where can I view the eclipse? 

While the eclipse can be seen throughout the county, many local parks and outdoor recreation centers will be hosting special viewing events. See the complete list HERE


Travel Safety

If you plan to travel to see the eclipse, start planning well in advance. Be sure to book accomndations and transportation early as there may not be availability closer to the event due to high demand. If you have pre-exisiting health conditions, be sure to pack any necessary medication or devices that you will need. Pack plenty of snacks and water in case you are stuck in traffic. Have jumper cables, flares or reflectors, blankets, and cell phone chargers in your vehicle for emergencies. Be mindful of your suroundings when in large crowds. If you see something suspicious, say something. Find more safety tips for large crowds HERE.