Plan for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

​Enjoy the beauty of this once-in-a-lifetime event. The City of Salem is strongly encouraging people to plan ahead. All City locations will be open during this event​—you may want to contact the specific department to understand wait times and specific operational concerns.

Salem eclipse information and resources

Salem has partnered with Marion County and the State of Oregon to share with you the latest information related to the upcoming 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Here are some topics we hope you find helpful; to see the full list visit SalemAreaEclipse.info​.

  • Why you should come early, stay late, and leave no trace
    Traveling to an eclipse viewing event in the Salem, Oregon area? If so, you’ll want to keep these things in mind. We ask that you join us in planning ahead and thinking about the impacts to your activities, travel, and safety.

  • What are local Salem-area agencies doing to prepare for the Eclipse?
    Here’s what governments of Marion County and the City of Salem are doing to prepare for the eclipse. We will update this information as we get closer to the event. Continue reading about what local agencies are doing to prepare.

  • What to do to prepare for potential traffic
    Getting around, with up to 250,000 visitors to Salem, could be challenging in the days leading up to, and through the August 21 eclipse. Learn about getting around during the Eclipse.

  • Parking in Salem and the surrounding area during the Eclipse
    Naturally, with that many people, comes heavy traffic. Find out what can you expect in regards to finding a place to park​.

  • Three things that won’t happen due to the solar eclipse, and three things that will
    We’ve compiled a short list of things that will and will not happen during the solar eclipse. Read more about what to expect.

  • The Salem Municipal Airport will be open
    The airport is expecting a significant number of aircraft arrivals to view the eclipse. Read before flying in!

  • The City anticipates a higher number of citizens using public parks
    Information pertaining to park rules include, but are not limited to:

    • Smoking​—smoking and vaping are not allowed in any park within Salem, which includes parking lots located on park property. This includes e-cigarettes, marijuana, or cannabis products.

    • Alcoholalcohol is only allowed in some reservable picnic areas, and it must stay within 100 feet of those reserved areas.

    • Dogswe welcome your four-legged friends in City parks. Scoop and leash laws apply.

In Salem, the Moon will begin to slowly eclipse (move in front of) the Sun at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, August 21st. The total eclipse happens at 10:17 a.m. and lasts nearly two minutes.

Watch the Eclipse from the Plaza

The Salem Public Library is hosting a viewing of the Total Solar Eclipse in the Peace Plaza beginning at 8:00 a.m. on August 21st. Free NASA viewing glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stay tuned for more information.

Look for other viewing parties to join in Salem by visiting Travel Salem.


If you need to reach Salem Police non-emergency, dial 503-588-6123.


Eclipse resources

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