Bring your school, scout, or other group to Chalmette Battlefield for the 205th Battle of New Orleans anniversary on Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, to experience an unforgettable trip back in time. There is no admission charge, but see the "bring your group" information below regarding registration.
Walk on the very ground where a hastily-assembled army of Americans worked together to accomplish the impossible---the defeat of the might British empire. Listen to the guns roar, smell the smoky campfires, and discover why the Battle of New Orleans changed the world's balance of power. Meet living history experts in period dress portraying troops and civilians, and discover what life was like in 1815 New Orleans through period craft demonstrations, music, and more.
Events are scheduled at Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 10, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 12, noon-4:00 p.m. For more information about Battle of New Orleans anniversary field trips at Chalmette Battlefield, call Rachel Williams at 504-589-3882 ext. 227 or email the park.
Information about reenactments at Jackson Line North at 40 Arpents Wetland Park and other activities planned by St. Bernard Parish is available at www.visitstbernard.com or at 504-278-4242. Your school field trip is welcome to attend activities at both sites, but you must register at both sites to do so.
To bring your group to Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 10:
Registration for Friday, January 10 field trips has now ended.
Registered field trip leaders will receive an information packet, including maps and schedules, via email by Monday, December 16.
Read the important information section below.
To bring your group to Chalmette Battlefield on Saturday, January 11:
No registration is necessary, but please email the park and let us know that group is planning to visit.Read the important information section below.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL GROUPS ATTENDING EVENTS AT CHALMETTE BATTLEFIELD ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 11:
On Friday, January 10, ONLY registered field trip buses and shuttles carrying the public from offsite parking will be allowed to enter the battlefield. ALL other vehicles will park offsite, including vehicles with handicapped tags and private vehicles driven by field trip chaperones. Note that NO vehicles, including registered field trip buses, will be allowed to park at the battlefield.
On Saturday, January 11, ONLY vehicles belonging to groups who have informed the park of their intention to visit and shuttles carrying the public from offsite parking will be allowed to enter the battlefield. ALL other vehicles, including vehicles with handicapped tags, will park offsite. There is no parking at the battlefield during the event, so even if you have informed the park that your group is coming, you cannot park at the battlefield.
On Friday and Saturday, free public shuttles will run continuously between the free offsite parking area and the battlefield beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Friday and at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday (the battlefield is closed Saturday morning for the annual Jackson Day Race). Wheelchair accessible shuttles will be available. On both days, the last shuttle leaves the parking area for the battlefield at 3:00 p.m. On both days, the last shuttle leaves the battlefield for the parking area at 4:00 p.m.
A map to the free offsite parking area will be posted here by mid-December.
All visitors are welcome to bring picnic lunches; no food will be on sale. Drinking fountains will be available and bottled water will be for sale at the battlefield.
Complete schedules of period weapon firings, activities, special demonstrations, etc. will be posted here in mid-December.
A field trip safety video is posted at the top of this page. Please make time to share this with your group before your visit. Safety first!.