To make the most of this day party (the sun has to be out for the eclipse to happen-it starts around 9 a.m. on the Oregon coast and finishes up before 3 p.m. near Charleston, South Carolina), start with picking a location. Many livestreams, online discussions (#Eclipse2017 is the hashtag to use), simulations, online videos, and animations will be there to entertain and educate you. The official NASA megacast comes out of Carbondale, where a 4.5-hour livestream will start at 11: 45 a.m.
For more low-tech party tips, NASA suggests poster contests, edible eclipse models, and using “triangles and proportions to create a shoebox eclipse simulator.” You know, normal party activities.
One party recommendation can’t be stressed enough: watching the eclipse with proper safety gear.