On April 8th, the City of Salem eagerly anticipates its role in the national coverage of the Solar Eclipse, an event of a lifetime that will capture the hearts and minds of both visitors and residents alike. 

As preparations reach their final stages, Mayor Green emphasizes the city's commitment to ensuring public safety remains the top priority throughout the day. 

"Months of meticulous planning by the Heart of Salem Mainstreet Committee have gone into addressing every aspect, from traffic management to security and waste disposal," Mayor Green assures. "Our goal is to provide a seamless experience for all attendees while maintaining the highest standards of safety." 

To accommodate the influx of visitors, designated camping sites have been identified at Salem Speedway, Delaney Creek Park, John Hay Center, and the lower level of the Fair Grounds. 

In addition to camping options, food will be readily available, with local restaurants fully stocked and mobile vendors on-site. 

Mayor Green encourages attendees to explore the restaurants Salem has to offer, accessible through the Washington County Chamber of Commerce website

As the event approaches, travelers should plan their departure times wisely, considering potential congestion on the roads following the eclipse. 

"We encourage those able to adjust their schedules to do so, allowing for a smoother transition and minimizing traffic disruptions," Green advises. 

Safety remains paramount, especially when viewing the eclipse. Eclipse glasses with the ISO 12312.2 stamp, available for free at Salem City Hall courtesy of the Washington County Tourism Bureau. 

For additional event tips and information, please visit https://www.in.gov/dhs/solar-eclipse-2024/.  


Event Details: 

Obscuration: 100.00% 

Magnitude: 1.0043 

Duration: 2 hours, 33 minutes, 40 seconds 

Duration of totality: 2 minutes, 7 seconds 

Partial begins: April 8th at 1:49:03 pm 

Full begins: April 8th at 3:05:57 pm 

Maximum: April 8th at 3:07:01 pm 

Full ends: April 8th at 3:08:04 pm 

Partial ends: April 8th at 4:22:45 pm