Thousands of spectators gathered at Jefferson Barracks Park on Monday to watch the eclipse and enjoy in the festivities.
The Great American Total Solar Eclipse Event was hosted by St. Louis County Parks, which included live music, entertainment and various food trucks stationed around the park.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger was also at the event and sang the National Anthem, he said he expected 10,000 people to be in attendance.
“The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the greater St. Louis area was 1442,” Stenger said in a written statement. “This is a once in a lifetime experience for all of us.”
When the park opened at 9 a.m., hundreds of people were lining the park’s hills to stake out a perfect place to watch the eclipse.
Joe Powers and his wife Edie Powers, from St. Louis, were one of the early ones and said they were excited for the opportunity to catch such a rare event.
“Really just to see the eclipse more than anything else,” Joe Powers said. “It’s a good opportunity to take the day off, I work in Chicago so I can down for a long weekend. This was a great chance to enjoy some sunshine and see something special.”
It wasn’t just St. Louis residents at the event either.
Melissa Sersland, said she came all the way from Chicago because this event was one of the only ones that allowed viewers to bring their pets.
“We’re from outside Chicago, so we were looking for an event that we could come to with the dogs,” Sersland said. “This is pretty much the only one we could find that we could come to, so we’re very excited to be able to come here.”