As most of you have heard the buzz, the first “coast to coast” total solar eclipse is happening this upcoming week for the first time in almost 100 years! This is the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) for 38 years, the last one being back on February 26, 1979. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918. Set to begin at 12:03 p.m. CT, the eclipse will reach its peak of 82% at approximately 1:36 p.m. and will end at 3:02 p.m. We’re here to tell you the best place for a front-row seat and trust us you won’t want to miss it, the next one won’t happen until 2024!
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are opening their stadium celebration of this historic event. Gates will open at noon for this special event that is free to the public. Limited quantities of solar eclipse glasses and moon pies will be distributed to visitors, and concession stands will be open for lunch. Children are encouraged to join in the fun in the Cox Clubhouse located on the concourse, and Blue Wahoos' mascot, Kazoo, will be available for pictures and hugs.
The highlight of the day? As the time approaches, guests of all ages are encouraged to hit the bases and race the eclipse, a once in a lifetime opportunity!
West Florida Public Libraries will hold two events at the Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring Street, for the upcoming solar eclipse. On August 19, the library will host special guest Wayne Wooten from Pensacola State College to talk about the solar eclipse. The event will include children’s activities and crafts. Following, on Monday, August 21, weather permitting the library’s solar eclipse telescope will be set up to allow patrons to safely view the total solar eclipse. West Florida Public Libraries will also give away free solar viewing glasses provided by the National Science Foundation, while supplies last.
O’Riley’s Irish Pub
For those wanting to make a true party out of the eclipse, O’riley’s Irish Pub will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing party. The famous bar will provide a limited quantity of eclipse viewing glasses, commemorative pint glasses with the purchase of a beer, as well as drink specials. Happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. with two-for-one wells, barefoot wine and domestic drafts and on Monday, drafts are $4.
And if you want to keep celebrating, walk down the street to Simply Pensacola. Simply Pensacola includes World of Beer, Blend, and Taco Agave. All three bars will have $3 Blue Moon and Sol, and $4 Tequila Sunrise! Proper eyewear will be provided for the solar eclipse while supplies last.