The Sesquicentennial Commemoration

For the past 150 years, visitors have been traveling from all corners of the world to Gettysburg, the site of the American Civil War’s most famous battle and the site of the 16th president’s most notable speech, the Gettysburg Address.

This year marks a milestone – the Sesquicentennial Commemoration. In 2013, four million visitors are expected to make their way to this historic town to learn, reflect and honor the great history found in the fields and through the streets of Gettysburg. We invite you to join us as we remember this pivotal time in American history through tours, museums, events and programs throughout the year.

While the Gettysburg National Military Park and its many stories, monuments and breath-taking sites, is the centerpiece of the Civil War experience in Gettysburg, the town and surrounding countryside are filled with extraordinary opportunities to learn about not only the Civil War, but enjoy everything from fruit orchards, to wineries to outdoor recreation.

If you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned Gettysburg visitor, the 150th Anniversary Commemoration is a special time to visit the region. Throughout the year, the area will be host to new events, entertainment, tours, programs and activities – from January through December.

The core 10-day commemoration, Gettysburg 150 – Reflections of History, runs from June 28 through July 7, and includes battle re-enactments, official ceremonies, the opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum along with living history encampments, special tours and a variety of demonstrations.

Likewise in November, the Sesquicentennial Commemoration will include the Remembrance Day Parade and Remembrance Day Illumination in the National Cemetery on Nov. 17, and Dedication Day – Gettysburg’s annual observance of the Gettysburg Address anniversary on Nov. 19.

But Gettysburg’s commemoration lasts all-year long. This town has endless ways to experience the historic events of 1863. Throughout the year, visitors can experience the best of Gettysburg through battlefield tours, great museums and attractions, incredible restaurants and lodging, or unique shopping.

To get the most from a Gettysburg experience, it’s best to plan to stay several days – enough for enjoyable, relaxing and engaging trip. With a multi-day visit, you’ll have enough time to take in the nation’s most visited battlefield, sites around town and a trip into the scenic countryside.

A good way to get the most of your trip is to visit the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at, or by calling (800) 337-5015. Once you’re in town, pick up a Visitor Guide or stop into one of the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau’s three Visitor Information Centers – at 35 Carlisle Street inside the Historic Gettysburg Train Station; at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, or at 571 West Middle Street. The Bureau also has a walking tour app for the iPhone and a mobile website to help visitors navigate through town.

There, staff can help you find great attractions, places to stay and restaurants to grab a delicious meal.

For a list of all events during the 150th Anniversary Commemoration in 2013, visit You’ll find events throughout the year, for both the expert historians and the beginner history buff.