Hamilton County, Indiana will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8 at 3:06 p.m. You may recall the partial eclipse in 2017, but the 2024 total eclipse will be complete darkness for more than three minutes. It will draw huge crowds of visitors and create an increase in traffic. 

Things to know: 

  • Due to our location and how easy we are to access, Indiana is expected to be the second most visited state by US residents during this eclipse (second only to Texas).
  • The vast majority of “Eclipse Chasers” are science lovers, families, teachers, and other educational travelers.
  • Reports from prior eclipse events include a road trip of four hours to the viewing location but a 15-hour drive home, so traffic after the eclipse will be intense!


How local businesses can get involved and prepare for this once in a lifetime event: 

  • If your business plans to close operations for the day, think of ways to safeguard parking lots from people parking, camping, and gathering in the space. 
  • If you have a storefront, consider decorating your windows or entrances to welcome visitors and residents.
  • If you remain open, consider the eclipse in schedules and shift changes, especially around 3 p.m. 
  • Consider delaying making or receiving product deliveries until Tuesday, April 9.
  • Consider working virtually or delaying in-person meetings until after Tuesday, April 9.
  • Be aware that internet and cell phones may be slow or completely unusable due to the amount of people in the area. 

How residents & families can engage and connect:

  • All public schools in Hamilton County will be closed the day of the event, so families will be able to experience the eclipse together. 
  • Residents may want to visit a park, local attraction, or official viewing location.  
  • Gas up your vehicle before visiting a viewing location.
  • Eye safety is very important. Buy your glasses now before they are difficult to purchase.

To learn more about the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, visit https://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/eclipse/


Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) and Invest Hamilton County have launched a new community ambassador program. The partnership, called HAMILTON CONNECTION will highlight personal stories of HCLA alumni and allow those Connectors to help personalize the things that make Hamilton County a great place to live, work, learn and thrive. Meet the Hamilton Connectors HERE.