The Great American Solar Eclipse

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BELVIDERE, Ill (WIFR) -- From the young to the young at heart hundreds of people packed Spencer Park in Belvidere Monday afternoon to catch a glimpse of The Great American Solar Eclipse. The viewing party featured food trucks, children’s activities and even a live video feed of the solar eclipse.

"The sun's going to be covered up by the moon, so I'm thinking it’s going to look really cool!” said Alayna Mangano.

With everything from eclipse viewing glasses to commemorative buttons to solar viewers more than 500 people gazed into the sky hoping to catch a glimpse of the eclipse through the clouds and even a few rain drops at times. Event organizers passed out over 500 pairs of free viewing glasses which were completely gone within 30 minutes or so of the event beginning at 11:30am. Spectators showed their appreciation for the Boone County Conservation District and the Ida Public Library for holding the viewing party. “The chance for our small community here in Belvidere to have all these people come here, I know we’ve had some folks from out of town so it was just kind of neat that Belvidere was hosting this opportunity to see the solar eclipse today.” Said Matt Fleury.

If we didn’t get a chance to catch this solar eclipse the next closest one will be arriving in April of 2024.