Dedication Day Events

2021 Schedule: November 18, 19, 20


November 19 marks the anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg. The Gettysburg 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.
 
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.

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David Wills House open

The David Wills House will be open November 18-20 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is FREE.

 
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

Dedication Day 2021 will commemorate the 158th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

10:15 am

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

 
Dedication Day parking 2021
Dedication Day parking 2021

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A Union living history band marches in the Dedication Day parade.
A Union living history band marches in the Dedication Day parade.

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Parade: November 20

An annual parade of Civil War living history groups is held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary. The parade will line up on Middle Street and then proceed to Baltimore Street and then turn onto Steinwehr Avenue.

1 pm

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.

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Remembrance Day Illumination: November 20


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.

5:30 pm to 9 pm

This event is sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.

 
Remembrance Day parking and closures 2021
Remembrance Day parking and closures

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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 19, 2021

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