Eclipse 2024

What to Know About the Eclipse in South Burlington
On Monday, April 8, 2024, South Burlington will experience a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. To help plan ahead and enjoy the eclipse safely, here are some tips and resources for those living in and traveling to South Burlington and other cities and towns in the path of totality.

Here are some tips from our recent Eclipse Tips newsletter:
  • Use Waze when traveling, even if you don't need GPS for directions. Vermont cities and towns will be actively updating traffic alerts and road closures in Waze on Monday, April 8.
  • In case of severe traffic delays, visitors and residents should be prepared with:
    • a full tank of gas
    • food and water
    • warm clothing
  • Limit travel if you can, including getting groceries and supplies ahead of time.
  • Stay alert when driving and be mindful of emergency vehicles before, during, and after the event.
  • Please be patient with others in crowds and traffic!

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Before the Eclipse
On Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, Market Street in South Burlington will light up for Illuminate Vermont, a free street festival featuring food trucks, vendors, performances, and more.

Market Street will be closed
for the event beginning each day at 1:00 PM, and will reopen late each night. While the road is closed, the only access to City Hall and Rick Marcotte Central School via Market Street will be from the Hinesburg Road entrance. There will be no access from Dorset St.

Plan ahead! Businesses and institutions may adjust their hours of operation or close on Monday, April 8. For example, Casella will be closed on Monday, April 8, because of the expected high volume of traffic. Instead, scheduled Monday trash pickups and All Cycle Transfer Station hours will move to Sunday, April 7. 

Eclipse Day - April 8, 2024
City offices and the Public Library will be open normal hours.

Timeline of the eclipse in South Burlington
2h, 23m, 6s
Duration of totality 3m, 12s
Partial begins Apr 8 at 2:14:16 pm
Full begins Apr 8 at 3:26:11 pm
Maximum Apr 8 at 3:27:47 pm
Full ends Apr 8 at 3:29:23 pm
Partial ends Apr 8 at 4:37:22 pm

Check out the NASA Eclipse Explorer


Many more cars are expected to be on the road around the time of the eclipse, with the heaviest traffic immediately following the eclipse. Please plan ahead and stay off the roads during these times if you can. South Burlington schools close at noon, and other businesses and organizations may close or allow staff to work from home to reduce traffic at the close of business hours.

The state of Vermont is recommending that cities and towns update road closures via Waze. Click here to learn more or download the app.

Viewing Opportunities in the City
The City of South Burlington is not hosting any official eclipse events on Monday, but many businesses and organizations are planning viewing events. For those gathering in public spaces, please help protect our shared spaces by avoiding muddy fields and keeping vehicles in designated areas only.

Weather Forecast


Additional Resources
Here are some useful links as you plan your eclipse viewing
State of Vermont eclipse tourism information
State of Vermont eclipse resources
Eclipse path and visibility