Tredegar and Brown's Island

Tredegar and Brown's Island as seen from the 20th floor of Riverfront Towers East Monday June 6, 2016.

 

Add Brown's Island as another great spot to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

The National Park Service in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum, James River Park System, and Venture Richmond have joined forces to host a solar eclipse watch party on Brown's Island from 1-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Organizers will distribute 600 free pairs of NASA-approved  solar eclipse viewing eyeglasses beginning at 1 p.m. Additionally, a National Park Service Junior Ranger solar eclipse booklet and badge will be available to 200 children between ages 5 and 14.

Andrea DeKoter, with the Richmond National Battlefield Park, said that many national parks across the U.S. are hosting eclipse watch events and that they wanted to offer one in Richmond as well.

"This is meant to be an opportunity for people who can’t drive down to South Carolina or other places with totality," DeKoter said. "We can celebrate the riverfront as a gathering place and offer a way for Richmonders to experience the eclipse safely."

Richmond will see a partial eclipse with 86% of the sun covered by the moon at the height of the eclipse.

There will be pop-up tents, information about the parks, and staff will give short tours of Brown's Island.

For more information, contact the Richmond National Battlefield Park at (804) 226-1981, www.nps.gov/rich or www.Facebook.com/RichmondNPS.

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