Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial
Thursday, January 8, 2015, is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the War of 1812's final major battle. Chalmette Battlefield will be the site of commemorations, ceremonies, living history events, and National Park Service programs. Area museums, governments, living history groups,and others are planning special exhibits, programs, reenactments, and other activities. Details about events at Chalmette Battlefield and at other sites will be added as news develops.
New this year is "Battle of New Orleans University," workshops, talks, and activities designed to provide background on the history of the battle and the War of 1812 and to share the skills crucial to life in the early 1800s, from military drills to sewing to rolling black powder cartridges. Battle of New Orleans University programs are currently underway at the battlefield (more information here) and will be featured at battlefield bicentennial events in January.
The National Park Service theme for the bicentennial at Chalmette Battlefield will be "Celebrating Unity" and will highlight the unity
Bookmark this page and check back frequently to keep up with all things bicentennial. Follow the park on social media, and learn more about the Battle of New Orleans, the War of 1812, and bicentennial events throughout the area at
Did You Know?
Vultures do not have many predators. If an enemy does approach, the vulture will face its enemy and vomit. This inventive bird also has a unique way to stay cool: it urinates on its legs. The urine also helps kill any germs picked up while standing on a carcass.