The Great American Eclipse

Get Eclipsed on IOP! 

A total solar eclipse will take place August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and therefore, blocking the light of the sun from reaching the Earth. The sky becomes very dark, as if it was night. People viewing a total eclipse must take proper precautions regarding eye safety.

The path of this rare total solar eclipse will only cover the continental United States! This will be the first total solar eclipse to touch the continental U.S. since 1979 and the first to cross from coast to coast since 1918.The shadow will first touch Oregon at approximately 10:15 in the morning. 

A partial Eclipse on Isle of Palms will begin at 1:10 p.m. Isle of Palms will be completely covered in the eclipse shadow at 2:46. Partial eclipse ends 4:10 p.m. 

Without a doubt, Isle of Palms will be the perfect viewing spot to experience nature’s grandest spectacle! Make your travel arrangements ahead of time and stay on the island for an unforgettable experience. 

The City is having a party to celebrate this once in a lifetime event! Join us on Front Beach on Monday, August 21, 2017, starting at 11:30 a.m., for music, educational events, and lots of children activities as we await one of the most awe-inspiring celestial events! 


"I Got Eclipsed T-shirts on sell now at the Recreation Center on 28th Avenue for $15.  T-shirts will also be available Monday, August 21 at the Great Eclipse Event on Front Beach.

Eye Safety 

The only safe way to look directly at the eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. How to tell if eclipse glasses are safe? They must meet the ISO 12312-2 (also written as ISO 12312-2:2015) international safety standard.

The City will have free "eclipse glasses" available at the Get Eclipsed Event on the beach at IOP, August 21, 2017!
One eclipse glass per person, while supplies last. 

General Tips

  • The City of Isle of Palms is expecting record breaking numbers for visitors to the island. Traffic is expected to be heavy and congested. Please plan accordingly. All motorists visiting Isle of Palms should anticipate traffic delays before and after the event. 
  • Alcohol is prohibited on the beach and public rights-of-way.
  • Dogs are allowed to be off-leash on the beach from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water. 
  • Garbage and debris must be deposited in the appropriate trash receptacles. 
  • Public bathrooms are available on the Front Beach area. 
  • In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For Public Safety non-emergency assistance, call 843 886 6522. 


Paid parking will be available at the Municipal Parking Lots, located on Pavilion Drive for a daily fee of $8. Visitors may also park at the Isle of Palms County Park located at 14th Avenue. Metered parking is available on Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenues.


Map showing the path of the eclipse.

A sandy path leading to the beach.