Q: Where is Independence Goes Dark Festival located?
A: Independence Goes Dark is located at the Independence Riverview Park, 50 C St, Independence, OR 97351. For more information, call 503-838-1212.
Q: Do we need to buy tickets to get into the festival?
A: The music, performances and general entertainment is free to anyone who wants to come. We are asking a donation to help offset costs so give if you can! However, the kids’ inflatables and beer festival will cost money for people interested in those activities.
Q: Is there a place I can stay updated on how to prepare and on what to know as I come to Independence?
A: Yes! Independence is less than 20 minutes outside of Salem, Oregon. THIS LINK is focused on Salem but will update you on how to prepare for coming to this region!
Q: What should I know about Oregon?
A: A) Oregon has a law where employees of the gas stations must pump your gas so be mindful and patient! B) Rain is seldom in Oregon’s summer months so be mindful of cigarette butts and anything that is potentially flammable. C) There is no sales tax! D) People are willing to help so ask people who seem like they live here for directions or anything you need and 9.9 times out of 10 you’ll receive a warm response!
Q: Will there be anything else going on?
A: YES! YES!! YES!!! Independence is less than 20 minutes from Salem, OR and Dallas, OR. Dallas, being the first major city to see the eclipse and Salem, being the capitol of Oregon. Independence is right in the middle of wine country, with world renowned Pinot Noir wineries and Rogue Ales brewing, just outside of town. There will be more than enough things to do for people of all ages and interests.
Q: Can I bring my pet animal to the festival?
A: Pets are not allowed in the campsites or at festival events.
Q: Can I come in to Independence on Monday morning to see the eclipse?
A: Yes! However, Travel Salem and Travel Oregon are planning for roads and highways to be jam packed. Meaning that unless people travel into the Path of Totality beforehand, it’s likely they will be stuck in traffic and unable to see the eclipse.
Q: Is the planning for the Independence Goes Dark Festival complete?
A: No, we will be updating and adding to this event for the next few months. We want anyone who comes and stays in Independence to have a safe, fun, comfortable, once in a lifetime experience.
Q: Will camping prices go up as we get closer to the event?
A: Yes, our camping prices will increase as we get closer to the event.
Q: How long will I be able to make camping reservations?
A: No one knows how long campsites will be available because SPACE IS LIMITED. We have an exact number of campsites available so reserve your space now!
Q: Once I pay for my campsite, will it be reserved if I come later?
A: Yes, once you purchase a campsite it will be reserved for you from August 17 to August 22. However, based on projected traffic congestion, we suggest you come as early as possible to get here in time for the Total Solar Eclipse.
Q: Where are the campsites located?
A: The car and tent camping is located at 54 Grand St, Independence, OR 97351. Tent camping is located at the end of Dee Ann Drive in Independence, OR 97351 and RV Camping will be near Riverview Park.
Q: What is the difference between tent & car camping and tent camping?
A: Tent & Car camping is located closest to the eclipse festival and downtown Independence. With Tent & Car camping you will also be able to park your car next to your campsite. Tent camping is further from downtown Independence and parking and camping will be separate. Both locations will have portable restrooms and communal areas.
Q: Can I bring my pet to my campsite and or the festival?
A: No, you cannot have a pet in your camp space or bring it to the festival. Anyone with a pet will not be able to camp or be allowed in the festival. Pets can be a hazard to other individuals. Please, respect these rules.
Q: How big are the camping spaces?
A: RV Spaces will be available to Class A, B & C motorhomes as well as travel trailers. Car & Tent camping spaces are a 12 x 30 space. Tent only camping is a 10 x 15 space.
Q: What should I bring
A: An Atlas (Cell service is expected to be jam packed); An extra source of gasoline (scepter); Bottled water; Extra medication; Flashlights and Batteries, a first Aid Kit. EpiPen and sun screen.
Q: What should I NOT bring to my campsite?
A: You cannot bring furniture or other large pieces of equipment: generators, amplifying speakers, or other items that may be a nuisance to neighbors and the larger community. At the Grand Street campsite, we have made the spaces large enough to park your vehicle and your tent. We ask that you follow a good neighbor rule and not infringe on the space next to you.
Q: Is there a limit on number of people I can have in my camping space?
A: Tent spaces are limited to one vehicle. If you wish to have additional visitors at your space, we ask that you be considerate to your neighbors and remain within your borders and during quiet hours we ask that you respect the limit of campers. Quiet hours will be from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Our campsite hosts will be enforcing this.
Q: Can I reserve a spot next to my friends/family?
A: No, spaces will be assigned to individuals by the staff running the event. If you wish to camp next to your buddies, you should purchase your ticket at the same time.
Q: Will I be able to cook over a fire?
A: Whether we have fires depends on the local Fire Marshall. If he says no, then we will not have nor allow fires but if he says yes, visitors will be able to cook over a fire. We will update all campers on whether or we will allow fires by the end of July. Plan on not being able to cook, that way, your plans will work, regardless and being able to cook will be a benefit.
Q: If fires are allowed will there be a dish washing station?
A: If campers can have fires, we will work toward a dishwashing station but one is not promised.
Q: Can I smoke in my camp spot?
A: NO smoking will be allowed in the camp sites. If you wish to smoke cigarettes, please go to the nearest parking lot and dispose of your butt properly.
Q: What is going on at the festival?
A: For inquiries about the schedule, please visit the events page.
Q: What are the hours of the festival?
A: Most of the festival attractions will be in Riverview Park, which is open to the public from dawn to dusk but our attractions will happen at certain times. Generally, there will be something in the park from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Hours will be shorter on other days and might be adjusted.
Q: What type of food will be available?
A: Indulge in many of the area’s top food trucks and experience a range of culinary dishes from American comfort to Asian cuisine, barbecue, desserts and more at the Food Truck Fest happening in the park. Independence also has many amazing and unique restaurants that will be open throughout the eclipse weekend. Check out our ‘Food and Drink’ page under the Events tab to learn more about the delicious food you can eat throughout your stay in Independence.
Q: What is available locally?
A: There are many delicious local restaurants in Independence. A list of downtown restaurants can be found on the ‘Food and Drink’ tab under the ‘Events’ page. There are also grocery stores in town.
Q: Will there be parking available during the weekend leading up to the total solar eclipse?
A: YES, but parking in and around Independence will be tight. Given the influx of people in town, parking will be close to impossible and many places will be charging. We encourage you to settle in to your campsite, or place of temporary dwelling for the weekend and bike or walk to destinations, only driving when needed.
Q: If I decide to drive into Independence just to see the eclipse, how much will parking cost?
A: Parking costs will vary. We want as many people to see this spectacular event Monday morning so please arrive early.
1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last total solar eclipse occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and it was cloudy. Prior to that, the last eclipse was March 1970.
2. A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse.
3. A solar eclipse happens at New Moon. The Moon must be between the Sun and Earth for a solar eclipse to occur. The only lunar phase when that happens is New Moon.
4. Solar eclipses don’t happen at every New Moon. The reason is that the Moon’s orbit tilts 5° to Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Astronomers call the two intersections of these paths nodes. Eclipses only occur when the Sun lies at one node and the Moon is at its New (for solar eclipses) or Full (for lunar eclipses) phase. During most (lunar) months, the Sun lies either above or below one of the nodes, and no eclipse happens.
5. Eclipse totalities are different lengths. The reason the total phases of solar eclipses vary in time is because Earth is not always at the same distance from the Sun and the Moon is not always the same distance from Earth. The Earth-Sun distance varies by 3 percent and the Moon-Earth distance by 12 percent. The result is that the Moon’s apparent diameter can range from 7 percent larger to 10 percent smaller than the Sun.
6. It’s all about magnitude and obscuration. Astronomers categorize each solar eclipse in terms of its magnitude and obscuration, and I don’t want you to be confused when you encounter these terms. The magnitude of a solar eclipse is the percent of the Sun’s diameter that the Moon covers during maximum eclipse. The obscuration is the percent of the Sun’s total surface area covered at maximum. Here’s an example: If the Moon covers half the Sun’s diameter (in this case the magnitude equals 50 percent), the amount of obscuration (the area of the Sun’s disk the Moon blots out) will be 39.1 percent.
7. Solar eclipses occur between Saros cycles. Similar solar and lunar eclipses recur every 6,585.3 days (18 years, 11 days, 8 hours). Scientists call this length of time a Saros cycle. Two eclipses separated by one Saros cycle are similar. They occur at the same node, the Moon’s distance from Earth is nearly the same, and they happen at the same time of year.
8. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse. In fact, if you have clear skies on eclipse day, the Moon will cover at least 48 percent of the Sun’s surface. And that’s from the northern tip of Maine.
9. It’s all about totality. Not to cast a shadow on things, but likening a partial eclipse to a total eclipse is like comparing almost dying to dying. I know that 48 percent sounds like a lot. It isn’t. You won’t even notice your surroundings getting dark. And it doesn’t matter whether the partial eclipse above your location is 48, 58, or 98 percent. Only totality reveals the true celestial spectacle: the diamond ring, the Sun’s glorious corona, strange colors in our sky, and seeing stars in the daytime.
10. You want to be on the center line. This probably isn’t a revelation, but the Moon’s shadow is round. If it were square, it wouldn’t matter where you viewed totality. People across its width would experience the same duration of darkness. The shadow is round so the longest eclipse occurs at its center line because that’s where you’ll experience the Moon’s shadow’s full width.
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