Battle of New Orleans Anniversary Field Trips

A woman dressed in 1815-style clothes sits next to a spinning wheel and cards wool

"Battle of New Orleans University" demonstrations and activities share the everyday lives of soldiers and civilians at the Battle of New Orleans anniversary at Chalmette Battlefield.

A.J. Sisco

Bring your school, scout, or other group to Chalmette Battlefield for the 201st Battle of New Orleans anniversary on Friday and Saturday, January 8 and 9, to experience an unforgettable trip back in time. Links to education materials are available near the bottom of this page.

Visit the site where a hastily-assembled army of Americans worked together to accomplish the impossible---the defeat of the mighty British empire. Listen to the cannons roar, smell the smoky campfires, and discover why the Battle of New Orleans changed the world's balance of power. Meet living history experts in period dress portraying troops and civilians, and discover what life was like in 1815 New Orleans through "Battle of New Orleans University" activities and programs.

Events are scheduled at Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 8, 9:00 a.m.- approximately 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 9, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Friday closing time is approximate because the battlefield will close after the wreath-laying and commemoration ceremony, which begins at 3:30 p.m.)

To bring your group on Friday, January 8:

  • Register for Friday field trips here (because the registration form is on another webserver, you will get a message that you're leaving the National Park Service website). Registration will remain open until all field trip space is filled. Friday field trip space is limited so we suggest you register early. You will receive a registration confirmation within two weeks. Registered field trip leaders will receive an information packet, including maps and schedules, by Tuesday, December 15.
  • Read the important information below.

To bring your group on Saturday, January 9:

  • Do not fill out the registration form in the Friday section, but do email the park and let us know that your group is planning to come.
  • Read the important information below.


  • On Friday, January 8, ONLY registered field trip buses and shuttles carrying the public from offsite parking will be allowed to enter the battlefield. ALL other vehicles will park offsite, including vehicles with handicapped tags and private vehicles driven by field trip chaperones. Note that registered field trip buses will not be allowed to park at the battlefield.
  • On Saturday, January 9, ONLY shuttles carrying the public from offsite parking will be allowed to enter the battlefield on Saturday. ALL other vehicles, including vehicles with handicapped tags, will park offsite.
  • On Friday and Saturday, free public shuttles will run continuously between the free offsite parking area and the battlefield beginning at 8:45 a.m. Wheelchair accessible shuttles will be available.
  • A map to the free offsite parking area will be posted here by mid-December.
  • All visitors are welcome to bring picnic lunches. Information about the availability of food at the battlefield will be posted here by mid-December. Drinking fountains will be available and bottled water will be on sale.
  • Complete schedules of cannon and musket firings, ceremonies, activities, etc., and special demonstrations for Friday and Saturday will be posted here in mid-December.

Follow these links for education material that you and your group are welcome to download and use whether you are coming to the anniversary event or not: Important Concepts about the Battle of New Orleans, Pre Visit Activity, Field Trip Activity, and Post Visit Activities.

For more information, call 504-589-3882 ext. 140 or email the park. Chalmette Battlefield is located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.


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