The town of Gettysburg will be buzzing with celebration this week as Independence week also marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. In acknowledgement, as always, the town has slated many events and goings on including the grand opening of the museum at Seminary Ridge on July 1.
The grand opening starts at 8 a.m. with a cannon firing to commemorate the first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg. Opening remarks will be given at 9:30 am, followed by the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting with ceremonial cannon firing around 10 a.m. Then, the Wildcat Regimental Band will perform a concert at 11 a.m. The rest of the day and week will continue on with special historical presentations in the chapel on the Seminary Campus, next to the museum building. In addition, the Virginia History Mobile exhibit will be open to the public and Living History and encampments will be set up around the museum grounds and trail.
There is plenty to take in over the course of the next several days including special Civil War Battle reflections, tours, programs and even reenactments. The Celebrate History Music Festival will be ongoing from June 29 through July 7 in front of the American Civil War Wax Museum.
Though the grand reenactment for the Battle of Gettysburg takes place on the Fourth of July, other experiences, reenactments and activities will pepper the week including the reenactment of the Battle of Hanover and the Battle of Hunterstown Commemoration, both taking place on July 2.
July 3 offers up many treats as well. No one can try to be President Lincoln, but can you try to look like him? Decide for yourself as the Shriver House Museum holds a Lincoln Look-alike contest. There are three categories for Lincoln look-alikes—the most serious-minded Lincoln, the most genuine look-alike and the most creative Lincoln look-alike. A fourth category exists for kids 14 and under.
In addition to many ongoing historical and cultural reflections and events, the Independence Day parade will take place at 7 p.m. on July 3 in downtown Gettysburg. The parade will follow up with fireworks at 10 p.m. in the vicinity of Mummasburg Road. Parking is limited to the Gettysburg College Campus.
As mentioned, the Fourth will continue on with the reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Many other goings on will take place throughout town as well. Gettysburg is a symbol of history and importance to our nation. So come out and celebrate Independence Day while commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg this week.