Hill Community Celebrates Eclipse at Southeast Library

Phenomenom Enjoyed Together With Pizza and Crafts
Photograph By
Kira Means

Nearly 100 Capitol Hill residents and friends assembled together on the garden patio at the DC Public Library Southeast Branch (403 Seventh Street SE) to watch the eclipse and share pizza. Photo: Kira Means

Between 75 and 100 residents of the Hill attended the Eclipse Viewing Party at the DC Public Library Southeast Branch (403 Seventh Street SE) on the afternoon of Monday August 21st. The District experienced an 81 percent eclipse that peaked at about 2:42 p.m. in the afternoon. It was not a complete eclipse, but it is a rare occurance and the neighborhood was rightfully fascinated.

Beginning at about 2:30 p.m., each group was given free protective eclipse glasses and invited to watch the eclipse on the patio garden of the library yard. Together, they then all stood to watch the eclipse phenomenom.

The event was very much a party, as people socialized and enjoyed the festive atmosphere. After the eclipse had receded, pizza and juice were offered to everyone and a craft was presented for the children.

Eye protection is critical when looking directly at the sun. Photo: Kira Means
Hill residents look to the sky. Photo: Kira Means