Myrtle Beach Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide

By Jeremy Razook
August 4, 2017

The first total eclipse to touch the U.S. in over 25 years and the first eclipse to travel along the U.S. coast-to-coast in nearly 100 years will cross over South Carolina’s coast for a once in a lifetime experience on Monday, August 21.

The moon’s shadow will touch the state of South Carolina at 2:36 p.m., crossing over major cities like Greenville and Columbia before it travels over Georgetown, Charleston and other South Carolina cities and towns near the coast, before exiting the U.S.

A partial eclipse will be viewed by most of the Grand Strand, including Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet. However, a partial eclipse doesn’t make this event any less spectacular as 99% of the sun will be covered by the moon. If you’re on the Grand Strand, heading further south to Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Charleston will allow you to view totality (i.e. where the moon will cover the entire sun).

Maximum eclipse in Myrtle Beach will be reached at 2:47 p.m.

Pawleys Island will hit totality at 2:47 p.m. with 39 sec of totality.

Georgetown will hit totality at 2:46 p.m. with 1 min and 44 sec of totality.

It will be best to keep up with the cloud coverage so you can relocate if need be and find a better spot to witness totality.

Wearing special viewing glasses or eye protection is a MUST if you’re viewing the sun when it’s partially eclipsed. Many of the events listed below will hand out viewing glasses with admission.

There are plenty of special festivals and spots to visit along the Grand Strand and Georgetown to enjoy this once in a lifetime event! Check them out below:

North Santee River Eclipse Viewing

North Santee River Eclipse Viewing

If you missed out on tickets for the Moon Shadow Over Hopsewee Eclipse Celebration, you can head to a beautiful, 9-acre field on the North Santee River, just past the Hopsewee Plantation, dotted with live oaks around the field.

Be sure to bring your own food, drinks, chairs, shade and viewing glasses. It is recommended that you bring sunscreen and bug spray. Generators, grills, pets, drugs, or weapons are not allowed.

Gates to the field will open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

The field is located at 275 Santee Landing Road in Georgetown, SC, 29440. 

Be sure to keep up with this post for further details on events.

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    I have called around everywhere….where can we get out solar eclipse glasses

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