Battle of New Orleans Anniversary at Chalmette Battlefield

Image of men dressed as 1815 American troops firing a cannon
History comes to life each year in mid-January when Chalmette Battlefield hosts Battle of New Orleans anniversary events.

David Platt

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.

Battle of New Orleans anniversary events at Chalmette Battlefield:

Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Liiving 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. See the link "Battle of New Orleans 2017 event program" below for complete schedule.
  • All public parking at St. Bernard Parish Government Center, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette (parking in rear). Ride free shuttles (wheelchair accessible) to Chalmette Battlefield. First shuttle to battlefield leaves parking area at 8:30 a.m.; last shuttle to battlefield leaves parking area at 2:30 p.m. Last shuttle from battlefield to parking area leaves at 4:00 p.m. Travel time each way approximately 20 minutes. Find a map to the public parking area at the link.
  • A bicycle rack will be available at the battlefield, but note that you may not ride your bike on the battlefield grounds during the event.
  • During the event, no pets are allowed on the battlefield; as always, service animals assisting people with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments are welcome. Free.
  • Food trucks will be at the battlefield during event hours on both Friday and Saturday.
Sunday, 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 opens at 8:30 a.m. Visitor center open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Battlefield closes at 4:00 p.m. Free.

Battle of New Orleans 2017 event program is available at the link. The program includes schedules of all Battle of New Orleans events, programs, and activities at Chalmette Battlefield and throughout St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans. In 2017, there'll be events at Chalmette Battlefield, a historical symposium (follow the link for live streaming of the symposium), ceremonies throughout the area, a living history parade in the French Quarter, and a bus tour of St. Bernard Parish sites related to the battle. The program includes a map to the offsite public parking area mentioned above. You are welcome to download, print, and share the event program.

Follow the links below for

  • weather information from the National Weather Service.
  • Battle of New Orleans anniversary event field trips for schools, scouts, and other groups. Registration for field trips on Friday, January 6, is now closed as all available space is filled. Follow the link for information about Saturday, January 7, field trips. Free field trips to Chalmette Battlefield are available throughout the year.
  • Free educational materials which can be downloaded and used by anyone.
  • park social media on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on the Battle of New Orleans anniversary and other park events.
  • information for those who have already applied to participate as a living history reenactor is at the link (the application deadline has passed).
  • how to volunteer at the anniversary event. Follow the link for the volunteer registration form. Volunteers must be 18 or older. You will get a message that you are leaving the National Park Service because the volunteer sign-up form is on another webserver.
  • tourism information for St. Bernard Parish.
  • reporting on the Battle of New Orleans anniversary event for newspapers/TV/radio/etc. - email the park for a press packet that includes historical background, maps from the event program, and information on media parking at the battlefield on Friday, January 6, and Saturday, January 7.

 
Image of three men dressed as 1815-era British soldiers
British soldiers discuss the orders of the day at Chalmette Battlefield's Battle of New Orleans anniversary event.

A.J. Sisco

 

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