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As Chautauqua County eagerly anticipates the 2024 Solar Eclipse, strategic planning around the eclipse timeline emerges as the key to unlocking an extraordinary and seamless celestial experience for residents and visitors alike.

On April 8, 2024, Chautauqua County will be graced by a rare cosmic event – a total solar eclipse. The last time our region experienced such a phenomenon was in 1925, making this upcoming celestial display an unprecedented experience for residents and visitors. The next total solar eclipse in the United States is not anticipated until 2044.

As the eclipse approaches, Chautauqua County anticipates an influx of tourists and large crowds. With such heightened interest, residents and visitors should be prepared for potential congestion and traffic delays. We encourage proactive planning to ensure a seamless experience during this once-in-a-lifetime event.

“The anticipation for the 2024 Solar Eclipse is palpable, and with it comes the responsibility to ensure the well-being of our community,” explained Paul M. Wendel Jr., Chautauqua County Executive. “As we prepare to welcome an influx of visitors, our collaborative efforts, from safety measures to free solar glasses distributions, reflect our commitment to making this celestial event not only extraordinary but also safe and enjoyable for everyone involved. Let’s look to the skies with excitement, preparedness, and a sense of unity.”

Safety is paramount when observing the total solar eclipse. Directly looking at the Sun without proper eye protection can cause severe injury, which is why certified protective eyewear (ISO 12312-2 filter) is essential. County Government has ordered Solar Eclipse glasses and plans a free distribution to county residents in early March. More details will be announced soon.

“As we stand on the brink of this celestial marvel, it’s imperative that we prioritize safety and preparedness for the 2024 Solar Eclipse,” said Noel Guttman, Director of Emergency Services. “Our meticulous planning a underscores our commitment to ensuring a secure and memorable experience for all residents and visitors. Let’s embrace this rare event responsibly and unite in the wonder it brings to Chautauqua County.”

Eclipse Viewing Timeline:

Partial Phase Commencement: 2:04 PM Transition to Totality Begins: 3:18 PM Maximum


3:20 PM



3:22 PM

Conclusion of Partial Phase:

4:32 PM

The initial phase of the eclipse begins as the Moon gently intersects the Sun, creating a captivating celestial dance that captivates the sky. At this moment, the Moon starts its journey to completely obscure the Sun, initiating the transformative transition towards the awe-inspiring totality. Chautauqua County experiences the peak of the total solar eclipse, with the Moon perfectly aligning with the Sun, casting a surreal spectacle that transforms the daylight into an ethereal twilight. The extraordinary alignment reaches its culmination, concluding the total phase and transitioning back to the partial eclipse. As the Moon completes its trajectory across the Sun, the partial phase concludes, marking the end of this extraordinary celestial event.

*Times are estimated based on NASA data.

This detailed timeline offers a guide to witnessing the various phases of the total solar eclipse, providing spectators with optimal moments for an awe-inspiring celestial experience.

While several viewing locations and events are listed on, residents are reminded that clear visibility is all that’s needed to witness this extraordinary event. The ease of viewing from home eliminates the need to navigate expected traffic, providing a tranquil way to enjoy the eclipse. For more safety tips and information, visit

About Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services: The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services is dedicated to safeguarding the community by providing comprehensive emergency management, response, recovery, and mitigation services. The office plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and safety of Chautauqua County residents and visitors during both routine and extraordinary events. For more information, visit