5 Gettysburg Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2017

near year 2017It is hard to believe 2016 is coming to a close already! Where does the time go? If you were planning to pay us a visit this year, but realize that 2016 has already passed you by, now is the time to start planning your Gettysburg trip for 2017.

We want to help you get an early jump on the vacation planning for next year, so we’ve come up with a list of five events in Gettysburg that you won’t want to miss. Any of these events can make an enjoyable trip to Gettysburg even more special.

  1. 4th of July Weekend – July 1 through July 4 – The Fourth of July is an amazing time to visit Gettysburg. You can observe the 154th anniversary Gettysburg Battle reenactment, enjoy narration from licensed battlefield guides, take sunset tours, enjoy fireworks, and more!
  2. World War II Living History Weekend – September 16 & September 17 – Sponsored by the National Park Service, the World War II living history weekend offers guests the opportunity to see dozens of World War II jeeps and trucks, participate in a mock Army Air Force transport squadron D-Day mission briefing in support of paratrooper operations, listen to stories of civilians from the home front, join in on special guided walks, and much more!
  3. National Apple Harvest Festival – October 7, 8, 14, 15 – The National Apple Harvest Festival features hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment for people of all ages.
  4. Halloween Weekend – October 27 through October 29 – For thrill-seekers up for some ghost tours, Gettysburg is the perfect place to be this spooky time of year. We offer several ghost tours and special Saturday night suspense tours where you’ll get to spend midnight in a haunted house!
  5. Remembrance Day – November 18 and 19 – This annual event features a parade of Civil War living history groups honoring soldiers and civilians of the American Civil War. It is held in conjunction with the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and features various ceremonies.

If these dates don’t fit into your schedule, don’t worry! There’s always plenty going on in Gettysburg, no matter when you visit. For more information, we encourage you to checkout Destination Gettysburg’s event calendar. If you’re planning a group tour, you can reach out via phone at 1-800-447-8788 for assistance planning and booking your Gettysburg group tours.

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  1. Kathleen A Campbell says:

    Will there be Fireworks on the 1 st of July

    • bonnie says:

      Here is the information that I found on Destination Gettysburg for Fireworks:

      4th of July Community Concert & Fireworks

      Celebrate the 4th of July in Gettysburg with The Willys, a patriotic pops concert and fireworks show.

      Gettysburg College and its community partners are pleased to again present the 4th of July Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks, a fun and interactive family-friendly event. Popular local band, The Willys, will kick off the evening with a 90-minute set. Afterwards, the Gala Pops Orchestra will perform a concert featuring popular American tunes and marches. Following the musical performance, guests will have a front row view of the fireworks display which will immediately follow. The concert will take place at the Science Center lawn on the campus of Gettysburg College. The lawn is located between Masters and Constitution lots adjacent to Constitution Avenue. The site will open at 5pm. Food and refreshments – including local craft beer and Adams County wine – will be on sale throughout the concert and fireworks display. Fireworks sponsored by Destination Gettysburg. Bring the family and enjoy a wonderful evening.

      Limited parking will be available on the campus of Gettysburg College. Follow signs to Constitution Lot, Stadium Lot, Bream Gym Lot, West Lincoln Avenue. Constitution Avenue will be closed between the west entrance to the Constitution lot and the intersection at W. Lincoln for safety reasons. The Constitution parking lot will be accessible through the east entrance and will be used for VIP/sponsor/musician parking. Some handicapped parking will be available along Constitution Avenue. Parking will not be permitted on, or along, Howard Avenue between Mummasburg Road and Biglerville Road (PA 34.) To ease congestion after the fireworks, Howard Avenue will be ONE WAY (Eastbound) only. All traffic coming South on Mummasburg Road will be directed East on Howard Avenue. No traffic leaving the campus area will be allowed to travel North on Mummasburg Road. All traffic traveling East from campus will be directed to Carlisle Street.

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