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On April 8th, 2024, North America will experience a total solar eclipse called the “Great North American Eclipse”.  A total solar eclipse recurs at any given place only once every 360-410 years-truly once in a lifetime!





Q: When is the Total Solar Eclipse in Ennis? 

A: The Total Solar Eclipse in Ennis is expected to occur on April 8, 2024 beginning at 12:22 p.m. and ending at 3:02 p.m. 


Q: What is totality? 

A: Total solar eclipse visible (100.00% coverage of Sun) 

  • Magnitude: 1.0278 

  • Duration: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 45 seconds 

  • Duration of totality: 4 minutes, 23 seconds 


Q: The eclipse will pass through 13 U.S. states so why is this so important to Ennis? 

A: There is a narrow path of totality and Ennis is directly on the center line meaning we will experience a longer duration of totality than our neighbors including Dallas, Waxahachie and Corsicana. This makes Ennis specifically one of the BEST places to experience the eclipse. 

  • Ennis-4 min 23 seconds 

  • Waxahachie-4 min 19 seconds 

  • Corsicana-4 min 9 seconds 

  • Dallas-3 min 49 seconds 


Q: Are there any eclipse events in Ennis? 

A: You can find a full list of eclipse watch parties in Ennis here


Q: Where are the best viewing locations in Ennis? 

A: You're invited to experience totality at the Downtown Ennis Watch Party. This will be a prime location for visitors! For more information on the Downtown Ennis Watch party click here.  

Q: Where can I purchase official Eclipse over Ennis solar viewing glasses and memorabilia? 

A: Purchase your solar viewing glasses and official Eclipse over Ennis memorabilia at the Ennis Bluebonnet Spirit Shop located at 204 W Knox St, Ennis, TX or online at  


Q: Where should I park if I’m attending the Downtown Watch Party on April 8th? 

A: Street parking will be FREE, but limited. Some business owners and churches nearby will also have parking options. Additionally, free parking will be available at North Plaza, South Plaza, and the parking next to post office. Parking lots will open at 8:15am and there are no reservations. 

North Plaza: 302 N Dallas St Ennis, TX 75119

South Plaza: 306 S Dallas St Ennis, TX 75119

Parking next to post office: 305 W Baylor St Ennis, TX 75119

Q: Do you have any tips for travelers?

A: Yes! See our tips for planning your trip to Ennis below!

Party: Don't miss the Historic Downtown Ennis Tx Party and Pre-party! It's going to be a totally wild time with live music, food, beer, downtown shopping/good eats and totality! Join us April 6- April 8

Cash: Visitors are encouraged to bring cash, in the event of network disruptions that may interfere with credit card transactions.

Stay in the know: Follow city social media pages for updates on road closures and any event updates that could affect your trip 

@eclipseoverennis @cityofennis @downtownennistx @visitennistexas

Carpool: Carpooling is encouraged for those coming into Ennis to help alleviate overcrowding of vehicles, and we encourage you to arrive at your viewing location before 11am

Eyewear: Protect your eyes! ISO-certified eclipse glasses and other Eclipse over Ennis memorabilia is available for purchase at the Ennis Bluebonnet Spirit Shop.

Printed Materials: Print or save your maps, directions, parking passes, hotel reservations, receipts, confirmations, etc. before your trip in the event of cellular disruptions.


Q: How can I find more specific information on what to expect in Ennis?

A: Download our total solar eclipse one-pager for residents/businesses. These are scheduled to be mailed out in February with your water bill. Click here to download.

Q: Where can I learn more about the city's preparation for the eclipse?

A: Join us on March 21st at 5:30 for a town hall forum to learn more about the City's planning efforts and ask questions. The town hall forum will be taking place at the Ennis Welcome Center (201 NW Main St)

Q: Where can I find road closures and traffic information? 

A: Real time updates to road closures and additional day of updates can be found on Facebook and Instagram at @eclipseoverennis @downtownennistx and @visitennistexas.  


Q: How should local businesses prepare? 

A: Local businesses should consider the influx of visitors. According to the Great American Eclipse, Ennis is expecting anywhere from 50,000-200,000 visitors to Ennis. Businesses should review their business hours, staffing needs, business supplies and any road closures and traffic information.  

Q: How can I find more specific information on what to expect?

A: Download our total solar eclipse one-pager for businesses. Click here to download.

Q: My business is a viewing site, how can I help prepare for extra capacity for trash?

A: Republic Services is offering a special pricing for the eclipse. 20 YD of $405 and a 30 YD at $455.  This includes delivery, haul, and disposal. For questions, please contact 

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