Dedication Day-Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Dedication Day – Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, was formally designated as Dedication Day, by a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, on November 19, 1946. Each year since 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania has commemorated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and rededicated Soldiers’ National Cemetery where Lincoln spoke on this date. In the intervening years, this annual event has grown and is now co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg College. It is presented outdoors on the historic rostrum located in the cemetery. Over the years, many influential and noteworthy national figures including: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Ridge, John Hope Franklin, Shelby Foote, Carl Sandburg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephan Lang, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ken Burns, Stephen Spielberg and others have spoken at the ceremony to help all of us remember Lincoln’s words and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals Lincoln conveyed there in 1863. Michael Beschloss will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Dedication Day ceremony. Mr. Beschloss is an award-winning presidential historian, scholar of leadership and bestselling author of ten books, including most recently, the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, President of War.

At 10:15am, the day’s events will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Monument, followed by the Dedication Day Program at the rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at 10:30am Lincoln portrayer George Buss will recite the Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will hold a naturalization ceremony for citizen candidates.

This event is free and open to the general public. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public, so feel free to bring lawn chairs. Parking for the event is provided at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center in Lot #3 with free shuttle service on the Gold Line Shuttle to the Cemetery. The Gold Line will operate from 8am-6:30pm. For more information visit,

In the event of severe inclement weather, the program will relocate to the Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA

Get Away to Gettysburg This Fall!

fall scenery in gettysburg Ready to plan a fun fall getaway? Take advantage of the pre-winter weather (and some gorgeous fall foliage) with a trip to Gettysburg! Rich in history, diversity, and picturesque geography, Gettysburg has everything you need to build the perfect fall getaway for your family.

Forget the pumpkin spice everything and premature Christmas tunes at home this weekend; come with us to a fun-filled weekend at Gettysburg! Continue reading

Adams County Reimagined: Gettysburg Battlefield’s Pour Tour Shuttle

Adventurers, rejoice! Brand-new from Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours comes our newest partnership with the Adams County Pour Tour. We’re teaming up to bring you this unique experience, combining history and celebration to create an all-encompassing tour around Adams County to the best wineries, distilleries, cideries, and breweries in the area.

Our conveniently scheduled shuttles will whisk you away to selected locations on the Adams County Pour Tour to put together a unique combination of destinations for a truly unique taste of Adams County. There are two routes from which you can choose: The Downtown Crowd, or our Countryside Kin. Continue reading

Haunted Bus Tour Saturday, October 19th, 2019

To add to this adventure and give our guests what they want in a tour we are adding an unexpected twist and scare to the traditional “BUS TOUR”. On this 1 hour 45 minute journey you will still depart the bus at the Sachs Bridge and starting this year at The Gettysburg College for tales of the unexplained. But be aware, there are strange encounters awaiting you as you journey the countryside. Who knows what awaits you in the darkness of the night! Depart the bus two times during tour.  Adults $24; Children (ages 6-12) $19.  Purchase tickets at or call (717) 334-1156.  Every Saturday Night in October through first Saturday Night in November at 7 PM. Tour begins at Gettysburg Tours, 778 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

WWII in Gettysburg – The People and Places–Every Saturday at 2 PM

Gettysburg Tours, Inc has partnered with the expert guides of Tigrett Leadership Academy to offer a brand new tour showcasing a different side of Gettysburg military history. Ride along and take a look at the people and places that played a part in the Allied victory in World War II. You will visit a prisoner-of-war camp.  Learn why an intelligence camp was located here, training specialized troops for psychological warfare.

Hear stories of the navy’s map-making operation preparing for the invasion of Japan, and consider the scrap drive that almost took some of the battlefield’s most famous monuments. Find out what sacrifices Gettysburg’s citizens made to help the war effort. Continue reading

Special Appearance, Adam Shefts (The Victorian Historian) Saturday, October 19th

Adam Shefts, The Victorian Historian ( (will be joining the Jennie Wade House History Tour from 2 PM – 5 PM for an added bonus. Presenting information on Victorian customs, facts, etc. Advanced reservations recommended during those tours.  Will also be making a special appearance on Saturday, November 16th (2 PM-5 PM) and December 7th (1 PM-5 PM).

Fall in Love with Fall in Gettysburg!

fall leaves It’s the first official week of fall, and we’re ready to celebrate! Gettysburg is a gorgeous place to enjoy everything that fall has to offer – whether you love apple picking, brewery tours, strolls through the fall foliage, or a spooky ghost tour, Gettysburg has it all in store for you!

Adams County has put together a dazzling array of fall activities for the whole family to enjoy. Today, we want to give you some inspiration to plan a marathon of fun for a weekend getaway in Gettysburg – no matter what piques your interest, it can be found here! Continue reading

New to Gettysburg? Let Us Show You Around!

double decker bus heading out for a gettysburg battlefield tour Summer will be over soon, but don’t fret! There’ still plenty of time to plan your family trip to remarkable historic Gettysburg! What’s that, you say? You’ve never been to Gettysburg? Allow us to be the first to help you plan your unforgettable experience!

Today, we want to help you get acquainted with just a sampling of the myriad experiences that historic Gettysburg has to offer. From history to food and everything in between, we’re the local experts to help you plan an unforgettable trip! Continue reading

Featured Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments

At Gettysburg Battlefield, there are hundreds of monuments placed all over the great expanse of land. These monuments represent both soldiers and states that fought valiantly to change the course of history in Gettysburg on that fateful summer day. We invite you to explore the history behind these beautiful monuments, and search for your favorites during your bus tour of the battlefield. Continue reading

Ways to Beat the Heat in Gettysburg This Summer

We’ve been feeling the heat with some seriously steamy days this summer! With such high heat indexes, it can be tempting to curl up under the ceiling fan in your living room and binge a whole Netflix series – resist the urge to become a bona fide couch potato this summer and plan a smart summer getaway to Gettysburg!

We know what you’re thinking – “really? A battlefield tour in THIS heat? No, thanks!” We hear you – but hear us out! Gettysburg is chock full of fun ways to cool off on a hot summer day; we even have a few tricks up our sleeves to comfortably tour the battlefield. Continue reading