A total solar eclipse will cross through Oklahoma on Monday, April 8! And if you're planning on catching site of this rare event, you'll want to be wearing the proper eyewear. Luckily, there are plenty of places in Oklahoma where you can get free solar eclipse glasses.

Where can you see the solar eclipse in Oklahoma?

According to NASA, the path of totality, which means a total solar eclipse, will pass over Idabel, Oklahoma, Monday, April 8, at 1:40 p.m. A partial eclipse will begin at 12:28 p.m., followed by maximum totality at 1:47 p.m. and ending with another partial eclipse at 1:49 p.m. that will fully pass by 3:06 p.m.


Why should you wear protective eyewear to watch the solar eclipse?

When the moon blocks the sun, it's not safe to look at the sun directly, according to NASA. If you look with your bare eyes, "through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury."

Here are some guidelines for viewing a solar eclipse:

  • View the eclipse through solar glasses during the partial eclipse before and after totality
  • You can view the eclipse without glasses during totality, this is when the moon completely covers the sun
  • Put your solar glasses back on immediately as soon as the sun starts appearing from behind the moon

Where can you get free solar eclipse glasses?

There are several options to purchase solar eclipse glasses (make sure they're on the list of certified buyers), but there are several local resources and businesses that will be offering free solar eclipse glasses. Here's where you can get free solar eclipse glasses in Oklahoma.

Public Library

Check with your local public library! A majority of public libraries in Oklahoma will have free solar eclipse glasses available. Here's where you can find a public library near you in Oklahoma.

Warby Parker

All Warby Parker locations in Oklahoma will have free solar eclipse glasses available starting April 1. Here's where you can find a Warby Parker location in Oklahoma.


MyEyeDr. has 438 locations across the nation, and the retailer will be offering free solar eclipse glasses. The solar eclipse glasses are currently available while supplies last. Here's where you can find a MrEyeDr. location in Oklahoma.

Smoothie King

For smoothie lovers looking for free solar eclipse glasses, you'll want to stop by Smoothie King and order the Eclipse Berry Blitz for a free pair of solar eclipse glasses. Here's where you can find Smoothie King locations in Oklahoma.

Sonic Drive-In

There's plenty of Sonics in Oklahoma! And you can get a free pair of solar eclipse glasses if you order the Blackout Slush Float.

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