The Memorial Illumination

Due to tomorrow's weather forecast which includes rain and high winds, the National Park Service has made the decision to cancel the 2022 Memorial Illumination at Antietam National Park. The Illumination will not be rescheduled.
We're thankful to all of the employees and volunteers who have helped us prepare for this event and were ready to help us tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year, Saturday, December 2, 2023.

The park's temporary visitor center will be open tomorrow from 9am-5pm and the park grounds will be open from sunrise to sunset.

The Dunker Chruch and Maryland Monument w luminaries
The Maryland Monument and Dunker Chruch with luminaries.

NPS Antietam


2022 Memorial Illumination

Antietam National Battlefield will present the Annual Memorial Illumination on Saturday, December 3, 2022 to honor the 23,000 casualties from the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

The event is a driving tour open to the public starting at 6:00 pm. Cars enter the park by traveling west on Route 34 and lining up on the shoulder of the road. Cars are allowed to enter the event until midnight. Walking is not allowed.

The temporary visitor center is closed that day except for the park store and the lobby which will be open from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Visitor services during the day will be limited and only porta johns will be available. The northern end of the park, north of Route 34, will close at 3:00 pm.

Map of the Memorial Illumination
Map of the Memorial Illumination



Last updated: December 2, 2022

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