What did the original settlers of this land think 819 years ago, when the sky suddenly turned dark in the middle of the day? That was the last time Hamilton County experienced a complete solar eclipse.

The last people to witness a total solar eclipse in Central Indiana were the Miami and Kickapoo tribes, whose land we inhabit. Today’s technology allows us to shout that Hamilton County, Indiana is the place to be Monday, April 8, 2024 when the next total solar eclipse will occur – and we will be ready!

A local organizing committee of county and city government officials, non-profit attractions, parks, and others met at Conner Prairie this month to begin planning for this exciting event.

The days leading up to the event, April 6-7, will feature everything from music and food to art and outdoor recreation as the hospitality industry imagines ways to welcome tens of thousands of potential visitors to our community.

Local leaders, public safety, and industry partners have begun to plan programs and consider traffic flow, put into place safety procedures and adjust school calendars, and more, for the big event which lasts from 1:50 to totality at 3:06 p.m. Fishers will have the longest total darkness with 3 minutes and 38 seconds but all of the county’s towns will be in the totality path.

Hamilton County Tourism hopes to inspire travelers to choose north central Indiana as one of the prime viewing spots through a marketing and communications campaign. But there’s loads more planning to be done as this local organizing committee gets to work.

Learn more about Total Solar Eclipse 2024 and begin preparing for the big day which is just over 400 days away. For more information, check out our webinar with eclipse expert Dan McGlaun at 2 p.m., March 8 which will be recorded and available for later viewing. Contact Sarah Buckner for more information. 

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