Erie is in the path of totality for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse! As we prepare to welcome potentially unprecedented crowds to Erie County for this once-in-a-lifetime event, please utilize the resources below for your planning.
Pennsylvania is expected to see between 52,00 and 207,000 visitors according to GreatAmericanEclipse.com and the majority of those visitors are expected in Erie County. Please share your plans with VisitErie so that we can get the information to the correct groups to ensure our community is prepared to offer a safe and memorable event!
If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Janice Friedrichsmeyer at (814) 454-1000.
Communities across the country learned so much from the last Total Solar Eclipse to sweep the United States in 2017. The information below was pulled from a variety of case studies from 2017 Eclipse destinations, as well as best practices from eclipse experts. You can utilize a full library of resources at eclipse2024resources.com.
Data from "Being in the Shadow" White Paper by Dr. Kate Russo
Data from "A Case Study in Preparing Small Town, USA for a Super Bowl-Like Event" by Brook Kaufman, Visit Casper
Read both resources and other 2017 impact data here.
Read the full list of recommendations from the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force here.
Eclipse Preparedness Checklists by business type, created by VisitErie, are available for download below.
It's not a matter of if people will travel to Erie for the Eclipse - it's a matter of how many. When deciding how to welcome visitors, consider making the experience extra special with an eclipse-related package, special menu, or off-season access to an amenity or location that's typically not open in April.
If you're planning something special to commemorate Erie's Total Solar Eclipse, submit the details using the form below. We'll reach out with any questions, and will compile the information to share with visitors.
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