2020 Schedule: November 18, 19, and 21
November 19 marks the anniversary of the dedication of the 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.
CANCELLED - David Wills House And Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Open House: November 18
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.
VIRTUAL - Dedication Day Ceremony: November 19
Dedication Day 2020 will commemorate the 157th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
CANCELLED - Parade: November 21An 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.
This event is cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
CANCELLED - Remembrance Day Illumination: November 21
Following the Pennsylvania Health Secretary’s announcement that all visitors to Pennsylvania must have a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days prior, the 2020 Remembrance Day Illumination is cancelled.
The Remembrance Day Illumination, a commemoration of the Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication in Nov. 1863, was scheduled for Nov. 21. The event relies on more than 150 volunteers – with a majority coming from out of state – to place luminary candles on the 3,512 Civil War soldiers’ graves. The event will not be rescheduled.
National Cemetery Virtual TourEnhance 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 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, 2020