The Memorial Illumination

luminary with monument
The Maryland Monument with luminaries.

NPS Antietam/BBarcz


2024 Memorial Illumination

Antietam National Battlefield will present the Annual Memorial Illumination on Saturday, December 7, 2024 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. Drivers must be with their vehicles parked on the shoulder of Rt 34 after 5:00 pm. Any unattended vehicles parked on the westbound shoulder of Rt 34 after 5:00 pm, blocking the flow of traffic into the event, will be towed. Cars are allowed to enter the event until midnight. Walking is not allowed.

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: February 1, 2024

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