Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial at Chalmette Battlefield - Useful Information

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On January 8, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, ceremonies are planned at Chalmette Battlefield to remember those who fought there.

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General information about the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans,including links to events at places other than Jean Lafitte sites, can be found at the main Battle of New Orleans bicentennial page. Information on this page is for events at Chalmette Battlefield January 8-10 only.

PLAN AHEAD:

  • Plan your day with an event schedule. Schedules that show activities, speakers, programs, and cannon and musket firings are available here. Printed schedules will be handed out at the public parking area shuttle bus stop on event days. Printed schedules will also be available at the battlefield bus stop and at the information desk in the battlefield visitor center.
  • Get to the battlefield in plenty of time for the programs you want to enjoy. Information about transportation options, including a map to the public parking area (8201 West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette) and shuttle bus run times, is here. Note that there is no public parking at the battlefield;vehicles with handicapped tags must park at the public parking area too (wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses will be available). Allow about 30 minutes of travel time between the parking area and arrival at the battlefield event areas to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the battlefield and walk to event areas.
  • Dress for an outdoor event. Depending on the weather, be ready to bring cold-weather gear, a raincoat or umbrella, or a hat and sunscreen.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. It's about half a mile one-way from the bus stop to the far end of the battlefield event areas. Closed-toe shoes may be a good idea since some of the route is along a gravel road.
  • Leave your pets at home. Service animals are welcome, but note that frequent musket and cannon firings may make service animals uncomfortable.
  • Remember that the battlefield is wheelchair accessible. All activities are accessible by paved walkways or gravel road. All vehicles, including vehicles with handicapped tags, must park at the public parking area. Wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses to the battlefield will be available. Note that golf carts will be on duty at the battlefield to offer rides to visitors with limited mobility.
  • Remember your shuttle bus stop location. On Thursday, January 8, and Saturday, January 10, the shuttle bus stop will be along the Mississippi River levee just downriver from the Malus-Beauregard House (the location is marked on the map in the event schedule). On Friday, January 9, the shuttle bus stop may move to a location near the American camp and the game field (see the event schedule map) to avoid congestion caused by school field trips. You will always catch your shuttle bus back to parking in the same place that the shuttle bus dropped you off.
  • What about food and drink? Bottled water will be on sale at the battlefield visitor center gift shop and at the gift shop tent next to the Malus-Beauregard House. You can bring a refillable water bottle and refill it at the water fountain near the restrooms (near the visitor center and Chalmette Monument). Food trucks will be on site at the battlefield on Thursday and Saturday only. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch any day.

AT THE BATTLEFIELD:

  • If you have questions, need help, or have an emergency, find someone in a National Park Service uniform and they can help you.
  • Lost and found (including lost people), first aid, and information are available at the visitor center (next to Chalmette Monument).
  • Remember your shuttle bus stop location. On Thursday, January 8, and Saturday, January 10, the shuttle bus stop will be along the Mississippi River levee just downriver from the Malus-Beauregard House (the location is marked on the map in the event schedule). On Friday, January 9, the shuttle bus stop may move to a location near the American camp and the game field (see the event schedule map) to avoid congestion caused by school field trips. You will always catch your shuttle bus back to parking in the same place that the shuttle bus dropped you off.
  • Chalmette Monument will be open Saturday, January 10, only.
  • Chalmette Battlefield Visitor Center will be open during battlefield event hours Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10, and on Sunday, January 11, 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Note that on Sunday, January 11, you may park at the battlefield (8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette).
  • How to find (these places are all on the map in the event schedule)
    • The visitor center –it's located next to Chalmette Monument.
    • Restrooms –portable toilets are located at the bus stop, near the Malus-Beauregard House, and near the American camp. Restrooms are also in the building located across the parking lot from the visitor center.
    • Drinking water –water fountains are on the outside of the restroom building (across the parking lot from the visitor center). Bottled water is available for sale at the gift shops in the visitor center and in the tent near the Malus-Beauregard House.
    • Food –food trucks will be available near the Mississippi River levee on Thursday and Saturday only.
    • Gift shops –gift shops are located in the visitor center and near the Malus-Beauregard House.
 
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How to stay informed: Battle of New Orleans bicentennial events will be happening all over the New Orleans area beginning in fall 2014. Stay informed by following Jean Lafitte social media or bookmarking the park's main bicentennial information page and checking back frequently.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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