Here’s where to view the April 8 total solar eclipse in Springfield

Clark County residents have many options to view April 8’s total solar eclipse – including in their own back yards.

Organizations and businesses are planning events to celebrate the moment when the moon blocks the sun, but locals don’t have to travel far. Clark County falls within the line of totality and will see complete darkness for 2 minutes and 37 seconds beginning at 3:10 p.m.

County offices and many local schools – including the Springfield City School District – will be closed that day. Thousands of outside visitors are expected, and local residents are encouraged to prepare for heavy traffic and slower cell service, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.

Try to avoid running errands the day of the eclipse, and have necessary medications on hand before then, advises Michael Cooper, Clark County public information officer.

“Consider going out and getting groceries beforehand, and gas as well,” he says.

In addition to topping off the gas tank, locals are encouraged by the local health district to have a small amount of cash on hand in the event that credit card services are slowed and to limit travel on the day of the eclipse if possible.

But for those who want to experience the eclipse with a crowd, Clark County offers many options.

The Eclipse Over Springfield celebration will occur from noon to 4 p.m. at downtown’s National Road Commons Park, 21 Mill Run Place, and will include live music, food trucks and vendor booths.

Wittenberg University’s “WittClipse” activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edwards-Maurer Field, weather permitting.

And all Clark County Public Library locations will feature programs and activities centered around the total solar eclipse.

According to, other locations planning their own eclipse watch parties and events include Mug & Jug Tavern, First Christian Church, Living Water Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Brandeberry Winery and Young’s Jersey Dairy. Some also are providing eclipse glasses.

Outdoor spots noted for their view of the eclipse include Buck Creek State Park and Veterans Park.

Cooper says to prepare for traffic heading to local eclipse events.

“Arrive early just to be safe,” he says.

The eclipse will begin at 1:54 p.m. in Springfield, although totality will start at 3:10 p.m., according to local officials. The most recent total solar eclipse in Ohio was in 1806, while the next visible in the state will occur in 2099.

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Diane Erwin is a freelance writer and former reporter for the Springfield News-Sun. A graduate of Ohio State University, her articles have appeared in a number of publications in Springfield and Dayton. In addition to her journalism background, she has worked in marketing and written copy for businesses throughout the country. In her spare time, she likes to read, dream about Schuler’s donuts, and travel near and far with her husband and two children.