Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack plenty of water, purchase lunch from local food trucks, then settle in to enjoy the celestial event of the century. The 2017 solar eclipse will pass through the entire country and you're invited to view the nearly total eclipse (99.8%) with area parks and community organizations in Johnson County and the peak eclipse viewing will be at 1:08 p.m. The first 200 people at each park will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. Registration is not required for this event. Remember - it is extremely important to take the appropriate safety precautions in order to protect your sight during this phenomenon. The CDC has provided information on eye safety, as have several other resources.