Dedication Day Events

2018 Schedule: November 17 - 19


November 19 marks the anniversary of the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg. The Soldiers' National Cemetery is famous throughout the world today as the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered at the cemetery's dedication ceremonies four and a half months after the battle. Numerous events take place each year to commemorate this monumental anniversary.

All weekend events are still scheduled after the recent snow storm moved out of the area.
 
A Union living history band marches in the Dedication Day parade.
A Union living history band marches in the Dedication Day parade.

Gettysburg Foundation

Parade: November 17 at 1 pm

An annual parade of Civil War living history groups is held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary.

This event is sponsored by the Sons of Veterans Reserve, the Military Department of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.
 
Luminaries and flags adorn the Civil War graves in the Soldiers' National Cemetery.
Luminaries and flags adorn the Civil War graves in the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

NPS Photo

Remembrance Day Illumination: November 17 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm

This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on each of the 3,512 Civil War soldier’s graves. Names of the fallen soldiers will be read throughout the evening.

This event is sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.

 
The sign at the front door of the David Wills house described how Abraham Lincoln stayed there on November 18, 1863.
The sign at the front door of the David Wills house.

NPS Photo

David Wills House And Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Open House: November 18 from 6 pm - 8 pm

Evening Open House at the David Wills House and Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station. Special interpretive programs will coincide with the period President Lincoln occupied the two structures during his visit to Gettysburg to dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

This event is sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.

 
The only know picture of Abraham Lincoln from the November 19, 1863 ceremony shows Lincoln from a distance with his hat removed and his head bowed. He is surrounded by dignitaries and the large crowd.
The only known picture of Abraham Lincoln from the November 19, 1863 ceremony shows Lincoln from a distance with his hat removed and his head bowed. He is surrounded by dignitaries and the large crowd.

Dedication Day Ceremony: November 19 at 10:15 am

Dedication Day 2018 will commemorate the 155th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The ceremonies begin at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with a wreath laying at the Soldiers’ National Monument at 10:15 am. The formal Dedication Day program, with keynote speaker, follows at the Rostrum at 10:30 am. Janet Morgan Riggs, President of Gettysburg College, will provide the keynote address.

This event is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg College.

Parking
All public parking will be in Lot #3 of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Free shuttle service from Lot #3 to the ceremony area is provided by Gold Line Shuttle.

Press
Lincoln Fellowship press release.
 

National Cemetery Virtual Tour

Enhance your visit to the Soldiers' National Cemetery, in-person or virtually, by visiting our web page complete with a photo gallery of the Soldiers' National Monument, a video of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and lots more.
 
 


Visit the David Wills House

Visit the home of Gettysburg attorney David Wills was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address, the speech that transformed Gettysburg from a place of death and devastation to the symbol of our nation's "new birth of freedom."
 

Last updated: November 16, 2018

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