Plan Your Visit to the 150th Anniversary
Welcome to Gettysburg, the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address!
Careful planning for your visit to the park during this special event will make your experience and that of your family and friends one to remember. We do suggest that visitors utilize the free shuttle system from parking lots at the Museum and Visitor Center and or satellite parking areas, marked by signs and maps available at the park. Look for directional signs on public roads into Gettysburg.
Shuttle service is offered free and will take you to points within the park and downtown Gettysburg. For route information, refer to route schedules posted online at http://www.rabbittransit.org/Schedules/FreedomTransit.aspx.
The Dedication Day ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the national cemetery and end around 11:30 a.m. Seating will be limited so plan accordingly. This event is free of charge and tickets for entry to the cemetery are not required.
The number of visitors during the Dedication Day event is anticipated to be high so traffic maybe a factor during your visit. PATIENCE will be your best guide! Park interpretive staff, law enforcement and volunteers will be more than happy to provide directions. Information stations located near the cemetery entrances will provide additional assistance and directions.
Please obey all traffic laws while visiting the park, respect the monuments and markers, and other visitors. Visitors may park their vehicles on park avenues. Please keep to the right side of the road with all four wheels on the pavement to prevent damage to roadside features and curbs. Do not park on two-way roads.
We want everyone to remember this special anniversary as a pleasant and meaningful experience.
PARKING: Free parking is provided at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike and numerous satellite parking areas with free shuttles. When the Museum and Visitor Center lots are full, vehicles will be directed to the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, and then to other lots as needed. Temporary signs will be in place to direct cars to the overflow lots as needed.
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES, NOVEMBER 19: To facilitate foot traffic around the national cemetery on November 19, the following roads will be closed at 6 AM: Taneytown Road (Rt. 134) from the access road to the Museum and Visitor Center north to the intersection with Steinwehr Avenue; all of Sedgwick, United States, Hancock, Pleasonton, and Hunt Avenues. The park expects to re-open the roads at approximately 2 PM.
ACCESSIBILITY: A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available in the National Cemetery South parking lot. People with mobility impairments should use the cemetery entrance on Taneytown Road.
SHUTTLE/TRANSPORTATION: The York Adams Transportation Authority will provide free shuttle buses from satellite parking areas beginning at 6 a.m. and running until 8:30 p.m.
CHARTER BUS PARKING AND DROP-OFF: Charter buses and motor coaches must drop off and park along Hancock Avenue via United States Avenue.
ADDITIONAL VIEWING AREAS FOR THE PUBLIC: Due to limited viewing space for the public in the National Cemetery, additional free viewing areas for the simulcast are available. An outdoor viewing area with simulcast video screen will be provided on the lawn north of Meade's Headquarters in Gettysburg National Military Park. Indoor viewing areas are available at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, and at the Gateway Gettysburg Theater, 20 Presidential Circle. No tickets required for these locations. Theater seating is available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Live coverage of the event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a musical prelude and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Live coverage will be available via the internet by following links from the park website at www.nps.gov/gett, and the Gettysburg Foundation website, www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
Seven Steps to Prepare for Your Visit to Gettysburg.
Plan well - don't become a Gettysburg casualty! Gettysburg National Military Park staff recommends the following to assist you during your visit:
1. We suggest that visitors come prepared with water, preferably refillable water bottles. Drinking fountains are available at the Visitor Center and bottled water will be available for sale in Gettysburg stores.
2. Sunscreen would not be a bad idea even if the temperatures are cool and overcast. The Dedication Day program is outside and typically lasts between 1 hour and 45 minutes to two hours.
3. Wear comfortable footwear designed for uneven terrain and for hiking long distances.
4. Carry a cell phone with you to be used to contact 911 in case of emergency.
5. Please be aware that wood ticks and deer ticks, which are known to carry Lymes Disease, are common to the Gettysburg area. Though not typically active in mid-November, there is still the possibility for exposure to these insects. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.
6. Upon arrival at the park select a meeting place in case you or your family become separated.
7. Do not leave animals unattended in vehicles even if it just for a few minutes, as interior temperatures rise quickly. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on cemetery grounds with the exception of seeing-eye or assistance animals.
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Did You Know?
The High Water Mark Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park lists the commands of both armies that participated in "Pickett's Charge".