FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 9, 2017
SAVANNAH, GA – On Monday, August 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in nearly 40 years. The Savannah area will experience approximately 97% totality, a level of solar eclipse not seen in the area in over 500 years, long before European settlement. Fort Pulaski National Monument may not be in the path of totality, but we’re pretty close. So come out to the park for our “Off the Path” Eclipse Party: a day of eclipse-related events.
Throughout the day we will offer arts, crafts, and Junior Ranger activities for children, plus special ranger-led programs about the science behind eclipses and the history of past eclipses around the world. At Fort Pulaski the eclipse will begin at 1:15 PM and end at 4:15 PM, with maximum darkness around 2:45 PM. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available to the public while supplies last. Looking at the eclipse at any time without special solar glasses is dangerous and could result in eye injury or blindness.
Fort Pulaski will be open on the day of the eclipse during normal operating hours of 9 AM-5 PM, with guided fort tours at 11 AM and 1 PM. For safety, our typical 3 PM tour will be moved to 3:30 PM on the day of the eclipse. Please note that during maximum darkness, movement around the fort may be limited for safety reasons.
11:00 am -- Guided Fort Tour
11:30 am – Ranger Program: Science and History of Eclipses
1:00 pm – Guided Fort Tour
1:15 pm – Eclipse Begins
1:30 pm – Ranger Program: Science and History of Eclipses
2:46 pm – Maximum Totality
3:30 pm – Guided Fort Tour
4:09 pm – Eclipse Ends
10 am to 1 pm – Children’s Activities in the Guard Room
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fopu or call (912) 786-8182. You can also follow the park on Instagram at www.instagram.com/FortPulaskiNPS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FortPulaskiNPS, or like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortPulaskiNPS.