Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse in the Finger Lakes Countrysides

Get ready to witness the phenomenon! Monday, April 8th, a total solar eclipse is taking place, and parts of the Finger Lakes are in the path of totality. For more details on the Eclipse in Yates County, click here.

While we have been preparing for this monumental event for a while, we want to garner some more excitement on how you can enjoy the event to the fullest!

From scouting out where you want to view the Eclipse and local viewing parties to a complete eclipse playlist for you to enjoy — we hope these tips will help make your experience stellar! 

  1. Mark your calendar: Write it on your calendar, clear your afternoon, and talk about it with your family and friends. The total solar eclipse will be even better when you’re surrounded by people you know and love.
  2. Secure proper eclipse viewing glasses: Safeguard your eyesight by acquiring appropriate viewing equipment. Specialized solar viewing glasses or solar filters for telescopes and cameras are essential to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays during the partial phases of the eclipse. Limited quantities are available through the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, first come, first serve basis. You can also purchase them online or at select retail stores. Just make sure they are International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 certified. Don’t wait until last minute!
  3. Figure out where you’re going to view it: If you want to be in an area that is in complete totality, be sure to use this map to make sure where you’re going to be is in fact in the path of totality. Most of Yates County is in totality, or at least 99.5% totality, so you’re going to get a great experience no matter where you end up in the County.Attend a viewing party or event. Various businesses are hosting fun viewing parties to get you in the spirit. Most of the viewing parties will have certified eclipse glasses available for you. Check out all the Eclipse events happening on our events calendar and check back as it get’s closer as more events are added weekly.Check out some suggested viewing spots we think are great locations throughout the county to be during the Eclipse.
  4. Know the basics so you’re informed (or get into the nitty gritty!): Delve into the science behind solar eclipses to deepen your appreciation for the event. If you have kids, talk to them about it! Click here for tips on how you can easily explain an eclipse and some craft ideas to make it interactive and fun for children.Here are some great websites and resources to read more about the 2024 eclipse:
    Great American Eclipse
    ROC 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

  5. Use and listen to this Eclipse playlist to get you excited leading up to and during the day of the Eclipse. Listen to the entire playlist or pick your favorites! Includes classics like Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler, Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen, Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and newer hits like Counting Stars by OneRepublic, Starlight by Taylor Swift, and The Nights by Avicii, and everything in between!