Total Eclipse of the Sun

Once in a lifetime event close to home!

It’s a once in a lifetime event — a total solar eclipse, and this August, it’s right in our backyard.

Everyone, it seems, is talking about the total solar eclipse, which will occur on August 21. The total solar eclipse has been coined the “Great American Eclipse,” because it will occur coast to coast in front of millions of people.

One of the best places to view the eclipse is St. Joseph, Mo, just 35 miles north of Platte City. The reason — St. Joseph will have one of the longest amounts of “totality”—complete darkness for 2 minutes and 38 seconds. St. Joseph is also the fifth-largest city on the path of totality, a narrow corridor which stretches across fourteen states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina (a small portion of Montana and Iowa are included in the path).

The eclipse will begin at 11:40 a.m., when the sky will begin to darken. Complete darkness will occur at 1:06 p.m. and last until 1:08 p.m. The sun will shine at full brightness again at 2:34 p.m.

The eclipse has attracted nationwide attention, with many national news organizations highlighting St. Joseph as an excellent spot to view this rare event.

According to the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau, there are multiple, city-approved viewing sites for the eclipse (

Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square • 701 Felix Street
Enjoy the eclipse from beautiful downtown with live entertainment, food and drink vendors.

East Hills Shopping Center • 3702 Frederick Avenue • 816.279.5667 •
The mall’s parking lot is a city-approved viewing location and will offer free planetarium shows Saturday – Monday, RV camping, store discounts, food court, and a place to cool off.

Remington Nature Center • 1502 McArthur Drive • 816.271.5499 •
St. Joe Frontier Casino • 777 Winners Circle

There will be an educational solar display featured in August and kids can participate in an indoor sun scavenger hunt! The nature center will be open extended hours on Solar Eclipse Day from 7:00 a.m. – noon and 2:00 -6:00 p.m. Admission will be $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (60+), $1 for children 4-15 and free for those 3 and under. Indoor restrooms will be available for paid guests. Outdoor port-a-pots will be available for the general public.

Rosecrans Memorial Airport • 100B NW Rosecrans Road 
• 816.271.5374
Rosecrans will have a large primitive camping and RV areas Aug 19-21, $40 per night/RV $60 per night. Parking $20 per car day of the event. (Reserve tickets at Hear amateur and professional astronomers with high-powered, safety-filtered telescopes and detailed running commentaries by Michael Bakich from Astronomy Magazine. (Tune in to Eagle Radio stations to listen live – 105.5 FM, 1550 FM, 92.7 FM, and 680 AM)

Solar Eclipse Golf Classic • St. Joseph Country Club • 816.233.0241 •
GreatLIFE KC is hosting a charity golf classic to celebrate the eclipse and benefit area children through the GreatLIFE Cares Foundation and Royals Charities. St. Joseph Country Club is one of 24 locations participating in the tournament on August 21st.

Trails West!® Festival has extended into Monday. • Civic Center Park/City Hall • 1100 Frederick Avenue • 816.233.0231 
Open 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, 10 a.m. Monday.
Nationally-known performing artists, fine art, craft, and food vendors gather for a fun-filled weekend of family-friendly entertainment. As a viewing location for the eclipse, enjoy live entertainment and amenities while witnessing history. Purchase a button for four-day festival admission for $8 or $10 at the gate.