Countdown to 2024 Totality in Fredericksburg








Fredericksburg TX Eclipse

Despite some cloudy conditions, residents and visitors enjoyed the Great North American Eclipse in Fredericksburg on Monday, April 8. The eclipse began at 12:15 p.m. and ended at 2:56 p.m. with totality running from 1:32-1:37 p.m. The public viewing area at Marktplatz had an estimated 3,000 viewers. TV News crews from San Antonio, Houston, Harlingen, Dallas and Australia documented the event, along with local media and journalists/photographers from Reuters, Associated Press and San Antonio Express News. Viewers got clear glimpses of the sun as the event progressed and the crowd erupted when totality plunged the area into darkness.The public viewing area at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park welcomed just under 1,200 cars. People from 46 states and 23 countries, including Columbia, Japan and Ethiopia. It opened at 5:30 a.m. and closed due to reaching capacity at 12:40 p.m.

information central

Fredericksburg, Texas was in the path of totality for the Great North American Eclipse - a total solar eclipse that transpired on Monday, April 8, 2024. Eclipse glasses can be dropped off at Create Healthy Thrift store. For information on how you can repurpose your Eclipse glasses or for more information on trash-bag offer to other community organizations that want to pick up trash in town or county, email 

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Headquarters still has a limited supply of Eclipse souvenirs, including stickers and posters.

Path of Totality for 2024 Eclipse is Fredericksburg's informational hub for the 2024 eclipse and will serve as a resource for locals and visitors to have a safe and enjoyable eclipse viewing experience.



frequently asked questions

What time is the 2024 Eclipse in Fredericksburg?

On April 8, 2024, the eclipse will take place from 12:15 to 2:56 p.m. CDT, while the total eclipse will be visible from 1:32 p.m. to 1:37 p.m. in Fredericksburg.

Where can I get or buy eclipse glasses?

A limited supply of eclipse glasses will be available at the Visitor Information Center in 2024. Visit the Safety page to see more about organizations distributing free eclipse glasses and businesses selling eclipse glasses.

To find the Visitor Center, click here.

What is an eclipse?

A total solar eclipse, like what people in Fredericksburg will experience, happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun.

To learn more about eclipses, click here.

What do I need to know about my rights as a property owner, especially during the eclipses?

All are encouraged to listen to the Ag Law in the Field podcast with attorneys Cassie Gresham and Jim Bradbury and extension agent Bryan Davis. They discuss the Recreational Use Statute, Agritourism Act, Farm Animal Liability Act, Texas Limited Liability Statutes, and Landowner Liability Statutes. 

Fredericksburg's Internationally-Recognized Dark Skies

As an International Dark Sky Community, Fredericksburg is a great place for stargazing year-round and is home to two International Dark Sky Parks.

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Enchanted Rock at night

Just outside of town, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has been a place to watch the heavens for centuries. It regularly holds stargazing events and welcomes astronomy photographers from around the world.

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Stargazing at LBJ Ranch (Credit NPS/Douglas Smith)

East of Fredericksburg, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park became the area's second International Dark Sky Park in 2021. The park offers astronomy-based interpretive programming regularly.