Battle of New Orleans Anniversary at Chalmette Battlefield

Cannons, an American flag, and Chalmette Monument in the fog
This foggy morning at Chalmette Battlefield during a Battle of New Orleans anniversary event is much like the conditions on January 8, 1815.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve sites, including Chalmette Battlefield, are closed during the federal government shutdown. If park staff do not return to work on or before Monday, January 7, 2019, events at Chalmette Battlefield on Tuesday, January 8, Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, will be cancelled. Other anniversary events around the area (see below) will continue as scheduled.

Remember the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield, the very place where it happened. Meet the American and British troops who fought one of the most significant battles in world history and the civilians who kept the home fires burning in New Orleans. Enjoy period music, watch cannon and musket firings, participate in hands-on activities, and listen to the stories of the men and women of 1815.

National Park Service Battle of New Orleans anniversary events at Chalmette Battlefield in January 2019 are below (follow the link for a pdf flier to download, print, and share; the flier includes a map to the public parking area for Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12). A complete schedule of events will be posted here in mid-December.

  • Tuesday, January 8 - 9:00 a.m. Annual wreath-laying ceremony honors the troops of the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Monument. Park at the battlefield (8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette). Battlefield and visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Free.
  • Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12 - 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Living history experts dressed as civilians and troops from 1815 demonstrate military drills, fire cannons and muskets, perform period music, and share life in 1815 via hands-on activities, games, and craft demonstrations. There is NO public parking at the battlefield on Friday, January 11, or Saturday, January 12. ALL public parking is at the St. Bernard Parish Government Center, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette (restrooms and tourism information available at the center). Free wheelchair accessible shuttles will run continuously between the parking area and the battlefield. First shuttle leaves the parking area for the battlefield at 8:45 a.m; last shuttle leaves the parking area for the battlefield at 2:30 p.m. Last shuttle leaves the battlefield for parking area at 3:30 p.m. Free.

Battle of New Orleans anniversary events around the area:

  • United States Daughters of 1812 Chalmette Chapter, #160 wreath-laying ceremony at Jackson Square at noon, Tuesday, January 8. Jackson Square is located in the 700 block of Decatur Street in New Orleans' French Quarter. Free.
  • Sixth Annual Battle of New Orleans Historical Symposium on Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, features scholars and historians discussing aspects of the conflict from the roles of different groups to battle fortifications. The symposium is free and open to the public. Friday symposium location is Nunez Community College Auditorium, one block off of 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. Saturday symposium location is St. Bernard Parish Government Complex Council Chamgers, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette (park behind the building; this is the same area as the public parking for Saturday events at Chalmette Battlefield, so a map to parking is available on the battlefield event flier).
  • Daughters of the British Empire in Louisiana wreath-laying ceremony at Denis de La Ronde Plantation site, Chalmette, at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 11. Park at the St. Bernard Parish Performing Arts Center, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette, at 10:00 a.m. to ride a free parish bus to the ceremony. Free.

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Smoke billows from a cannon fired by men in War of 1812-era clothes
Hear the cannons, smell the campfires, and meet the men and women of 1815 at Chalmette Battlefield's Battle of New Orleans anniversary event.

Michael B. Chutz

 

Last updated: December 22, 2018

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