Battle of New Orleans Anniversary
Remember the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield, the very place where it happened. Meet the American and British troops who fought one of the most significant battles in world history and the civilians who kept the home fires burning in New Orleans. Over 150 living history experts in period dress will bring the sights and sounds of January 8, 1815, to life in 2014 on
Wednesday, January 8 (park at the battlefield)
Friday, January 10
Saturday, January 11
Complete Friday and Saturday schedules with cannon firings, special programs and ceremonies, etc., will be posted here in late December.
Parking - All public parking (except handicapped parking) for all Friday and Saturday events at Chalmette Battlefield is at the St. Bernard Parish Government Complex, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Free shuttles run continuously between the battlefield and parking area. Restrooms and tourism information will be available at the government complex. ONLY vehicles with handicapped tags may park at the battlefield for Friday and Saturday events; note that the Friday evening reenactment does not take place at the battlefield. Click here for a map to the public parking area.
Field trips and educational materials - Reservations are required for field trips to Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 10 (no reservations required for Saturday, January 11). Follow this link to learn about Friday field trips and for registration forms. Note that Friday, December 6, is the last day to register for Friday field trips. All teachers and group leaders (whether coming to the anniversary event or not) are welcome to download and use these free educational materials: Important Concepts about the Battle of New Orleans, Pre Visit Activity, Field Trip Activity, and Post Visit Activities.
Living history reenactors - Information about participating in the anniversary event is available here.
"Recognizing Our Roots" - Information about the park's living history program for high school students is available here.
Volunteering at the Battle of New Orleans - Volunteers are needed for four-hour (or longer) shifts Wednesday, January 8, through Saturday, January 11. Volunteer jobs include setting up and taking down tents, helping to distribute supplies to reenactors, directing traffic, working at the battlefield visitor center, and assisting National Park Service staff. For more information or to sign up, email the park.
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