WASHINGTON, Beaufort County - Many different communities throughout Eastern North Carolina are hosting solar eclipse viewing parties for the big event happening Monday. Natives of Washington, North Carolina are hoping for a big attendance.
"I hope that some people will come in from Greenville and Chocowinity and Blunts Creek," said Brooke Gaskins, who has lived in Washington her whole life. "I hope they come down and enjoy the waterfront and the beautiful views. You can't come down here and not see anything pretty."
Gaskins said she has no plans of leaving Washington and says she will will spend her day at Festival Park Monday enjoying the solar eclipse party.
Another longtime resident, Tom Watson, works as a dock attendant for the city. He said Festival Park is a great place to watch the eclipse because the area is unobstructed by trees and building. He also believe with people coming in from out of town, local restaurants will have more business than usual.
Grub Brothers Eatery is one of the few restaurants that will be open on Mondays. Kali McKeel has been a server there for a little over a year. She invites everyone to come to the restaurant for lunch.
"We are one of the only places opened on Mondays so y'all come in and see us," she said.
The Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center is sponsoring the party Monday. The first 250 guests to arrive will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. It will start Monday at 1:30 in Festival Park and go until 4 p.m.