Information for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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​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​.

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 50,000 to 125​,000 visitors in Salem, could be challenging in the days leading up to, and through the August 21 eclipse. Learn about getting around during the Eclipse.

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.

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

As of August 8 the Salem Municipal Airport is at full capacity with existing reservations. Aircraft without a Prior Permission Request issued by the Airport Manager should not plan to fly to Salem during the event. Learn more​.

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.

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

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

  • Overnight stays​We are​ extending the hours parks are open during the weekend of the eclipse. Learn more about park rules during the eclipse​.

Other ​eclipse resources

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

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. Learn more about Library eclipse activities.

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

​Important phone numbers

503-588-6279—An information line for those who are looking for general City information during the eclipse. This service will be active Friday, August 18 to Monday, August 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

211​—Normally a community resource referral number for people in Oregon and southwest Washington, the 211 call takers are set up to answer eclipse-associated questions from August 16 to 23. For assistance, you only need to know the zip code for the area. The service is available 24/7. You can reach this service by dialin​​g 211, texting eclipse to 898211, or visiting​.​

311—​The City of Salem’s Public Works Dispatch is available for reporting all things related to city streets. Crews are always available to respond to situations like street closures, non-working traffic signals or traffic hazards, like objects blocking a lane of travel.

511​—The Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck service provides travel info by phone via a voice recognition system; just follow the prompts. Find out road conditions all throughout the state and subscribe to receive regional alerts. The service is also available online at

911—​The general rule with calling 911 is to call whenever there is an immediate danger to life or property. Reporting a crime in progress, a medical emergency, a fire, or a traffic crash with injuries are all examples of when to call 911.

Please don’t call 911 if you’re wondering about the weather, road conditions, or questions about the eclipse. Call the Salem Police non-emergency line at 503-588-6123 if you need to report incidents which are not urgent, but still police-related such as a noise complaint or a theft. Just remember if you’re curious as to why Interstate 5 is crawling at a snail’s pace, make use of the TripCheck service; don't call 911.​ Learn more.​

Contact us

Eclipse InformationCity of Salem
Friday, August 18–Monday, August 21
8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
503-588-6279Eclipse hotline503-588-6363Media inquiries only
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