(WNY News Now) – The Friends of Knox Farm State Park will be hosting a 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Celebration on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the historic stables area in Knox Farm State Park. The event is in celebration of what Almanac.com predicts will be “the most-watched celestial event in our lifetime.”
East Aurora – In a bid to witness the celestial spectacle, Knox Farm State Park will host a Community Watch Party from 12-4 p.m. The event promises live streaming from path of totality locations across the U.S., alongside family activities, educational programming, and picnicking opportunities within the park.
The eclipse is set to unfold with the partial phase beginning at 2:04 p.m., reaching its maximum totality at 3:20 p.m., and concluding the partial eclipse at 4:32 p.m. An Afterparty from 4-6 p.m. will continue the festivities, featuring live streaming from various totality locations, live music, family activities, and an array of food and beverage vendors.
Did you know? The last total solar eclipse visible in our region was in 1925, and the next occurrence won’t be until 2044. Only 8 total solar eclipses have been witnessed in America since the Declaration of Independence.
Path of Totality Highlights include the mesmerizing Diamond Ring and Bailey’s Beads, with the moon’s pitch-black silhouette and the Sun’s corona adding to the astronomical spectacle.
The Total Solar Eclipse Celebration has garnered support from various partners, including Friends of Knox Farm State Park, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Erie County NY Cultural Grant. Notable individuals involved include Casey Kelly Pérez from Limbic Studio Design, Dr. John Newton, Founder/Director/Teacher of Mandala School, and Jen Brazill, Owner/Founder of Borderland Music Festival. The collaboration aims to provide a memorable experience for all attendees.