2024 North American Eclipse

1 Get ready for an astronomical event that will captivate our skies! The highly anticipated North American Solar Eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. Plain City and much of Central Ohio will experience a remarkable solar eclipse, a period of time when the moon aligns perfectly with the sun, casting a shadow over portions of North America.

Download Eclipse Flyer

Download Children's Eclipse Activity Kit

Local Eclipse Promotions

Commemorative Items/Online Store
The online store has now closed. Orders may be picked-up at Mainstreet Treasures, 156 West Main Street, Plain City.

Eclipse Glasses
As of April 5, all eclipse glasses have been claimed and none are available.

Eclipse Coloring Contest

The coloring contest has ended. Congratulations to our winners: Jasper Edinger, Rowan Martin, and Colette-Noelle Miller!

Eclipse Information

Timing of the Eclipse

The precise time of the eclipse and resulting totality are subject to adjustment. Estimated times suggest that the partial eclipse will begin to occur in Ohio at 1:54 PM, with totality expected between 3:08 PM and 3:19 PM. The eclipse will end at approximately 4:26 PM.

Local Considerations  
As we eagerly anticipate the eclipse, we want to address some important considerations due to our close proximity to Columbus. The potential influx of visitors traveling to or through Plain City may cause significant traffic and related issues. In light of these concerns, the Village of Plain City has made the decision not to conduct any special events during the eclipse. Additionally, the Jonathan Alder Local  School District has canceled classes for the day. The Village's primary focus is the safety and well-being of our residents. 

We encourage residents to enjoy the eclipse from the comfort of their yards. This provides a safe option for witnessing this remarkable phenomenon without the need to venture out and risk being caught in traffic. Your home can be the perfect vantage point to appreciate the beauty of the eclipse without any inconvenience.

Visiting Plain City for the Eclipse?
If you're visiting Plain City for the eclipse, or just passing through, we cordially invite you to explore all we have to offer!

Other Ohio Locations to View the Eclipse

While Plain City will experience approximately 3 minutes of totality, other locations in north-central and western Ohio will experience up to 4 minutes of totality. Communities such as Greenville, Sidney, Wapakoneta, Lima, Findlay, and Sandusky are in the centerline of totality and may offer better viewing options. 

Eclipse Viewing Tips
  • Safely View the Eclipse: Do not look directly at the eclipse! Review safe viewing methods here.
  • Plan Ahead: Hotels will fill up quickly, so plan your accommodation in advance.
  • Early Arrival is Key: If traveling, get to your chosen viewing location early and consider spending eclipse night nearby. Highways may be congested, so plan accordingly.
  • Be Self-Sufficient: Ensure a smooth experience by filling up your gas tank and bringing sufficient food and water for the duration of your eclipse adventure.
  • Stay Informed with Local Weather Reports: Check local weather reports as eclipse day approaches for valuable advice on viewing conditions.
  • Photography Caution: Unless experienced, avoid attempting photography during the eclipse. The awe-inspiring moment may make it challenging to operate a camera. 

Eclipse Resources
Plain City Informational Flyer (PDF)
Children's Eclipse Activity Kit (PDF)
Ohio Total Solar Eclipse - Ohio EMA
NASA Eclipse Information
Union County Eclipse Events & Accommodations
Weather Forecast - National Weather Service

Helpful Eclipse Videos