Great American Eclipse events along the Grand Strand
South Carolina (WPDE) —
On August 21, 2017, people across the nation will experience the first total solar eclipse since 1918.
In honor of and in preparation for the out-of-this-world experience, a number of organizations and venues are holding events.
Here's a look at how the Grand Strand is marking the Great American Eclipse:
Waccamaw Neck Library
Beginning at 5 p.m. at the library at 41 St. Paul Place, Dr. Varsha P. Kulkarni of the department of Physics and Astronomy with the University of South Carolina will host an educational lecture.
The topic of the lecture will be "The Science Behind the Solar Eclipse: Why It Occurs and What We Can Learn."
At 2:30 p.m., at the library at 105 N. Morgan Street, Dr. Jeannette Myers of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Francis Marion University will host a fun informational session for children.
At 10 a.m., at the library at 405 Cleland Street, Dr. Jeannette Myers of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Francis Marion University will host a fun informational session for children.
Myers will host another session on preparing for the eclipse at 6 p.m. at the same location.
The plantation will host a "Moon Shadow Over Hopsewee Eclipse Celebration" in honor of the eclipse.
The event will feature dancing, live music, and a live feed from NASA, along with basketweaving classes, plantation tours, and food and drinks available for purchase.
Kaminski House Museum
Starting at 1 p.m., the Kaminski House Museum will host a moon dance on the museum lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the special viewing celebration.
Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided by the museum.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, by calling the museum office at 843-546-7706, or by stopping by the museum.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 21, Brookgreen Gardens will host a Solar Eclipse Festival. The event will feature music, free eclipse glasses, livestreams of NASA's coverage of the eclipse, and livestreams of the Lowcountry Zoo.
Brookgreen members can reserve up to six free tickets. Tickets for non-members are $20 for adults and $15 for children up to 12.
Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 888-718-4253.
A number of restaurants along the MarshWalk will be hosting eclipse day festivities. Check with each restaurant for details.
Myrtle Beach State Park
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the "Children in Nature" program will be meeting at shelter B3. Attendees must bring their own eclipse glasses, or buy them at the state park pier.
North Myrtle Beach
House of Blues
From noon to 3 p.m., the House of Blues will hold an eclipse party on The Deck.
The event will feature a number of food options, which will be between $1 and $3.
Complimentary solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out.
No matter how you plan to celebrate the eclipse, remember to do so safely.
Experts say those who wish to take in the solar event should plan to wear eye protection to prevent injury, as well as plan ahead to avoid potentially dangerous traffic.
You can check out a map of the path of totality as the solar eclipse takes place over South Carolina by clicking here.
To learn more about the best places to view across the eclipse across the country, click here.