KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 13, 2017) –Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is hosting an eclipse viewing party at the Cove at Concord Park. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Aug. 21.  It marks the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years.

“This is going to be a fun opportunity for the community to experience a rare event,” said Mayor Burchett. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Cove and to enjoying good music and good food.”

A limited number of “eclipse glasses” will be available to aide in safely viewing the eclipse.

Tootsie Truck will be on hand selling food, and Knoxville-based RMS, a veteran rock band, will play a wide variety of music that will include classic rock and R&B from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees can also bring their own food to the event.

The Cove is located at 11808 S. Northshore Drive.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those in attendance should see the total eclipse for about 1 minute and 30 seconds beginning at 2:33 p.m. 

Parking will be available at the Cove and across the street. Other areas of Concord Park will provide good viewing opportunities if no parking is available near the Eclipse Party.

Information about the eclipse can be found at

For more information contact:

Michael Grider
215-4750 office

865-363-8681 cell

Mike Donila

865-215-6616 office

865-306-1177 cell