Wednesday, July 3
Daily Events July 1-4
These special programs are available July 1 through July 4 and are free.
Family Activities Tent
Living history stage; Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery drilling stations;
soldiers’ pastimes circle; dress-up photo booth; “Ask a Ranger” desk.
Location: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Battle Overview Program
Location: Ford Education Center
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Times: Every hour, on the hour, from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Civil War Soldier
Location: Ranger Site #1, behind the Visitor Center
Time: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Care of the Wounded
Location: Ranger Site #2, behind the Visitor Center
Time: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
Living History Camps and Demonstrations July 1-3
The camps will be open to the public today from 9 a.m. to noon. Auto stop locations can be found on the Self-Guiding Auto Tour map, which is also available in the lobby of the Visitor Center.
Signal demonstrations are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All living history programs are free.
Infantry, Artillery, the U.S. Christian Commission
and a small contingent of the Society of Union Surgeons.
Location: Pennsylvania Memorial, Auto Stop #12
Artillery demonstrations: 10:00 a.m.
Infantry demonstrations: 11:00 a.m.
Infantry and Artillery
Location: Pitzer Woods, Auto Stop #6
Artillery demonstrations: 11:30 a.m.
Infantry demonstrations: 10:30 a.m.
The Union Signals Group
Visitors are encouraged to send messages between
the signal stations at Meade’s Headquarters and on Little Round Top.
A tent fly, supplied by volunteers, will be placed near Meade’s Headquarters for shade.
Please join National Park Service rangers for interpretive programs about the battle of Gettysburg, the civilian experience and the aftermath of the battle. Auto stop locations can be found on the Self-Guiding Auto Tour map, which is also available in the lobby of the Visitor Center. All programs are free.
Key Moment Programs
30-minute programs provide a brief overview of the events that occurred in a specific location on a specific day of the battle. Minimal walking. Presented today hourly between 9 a.m. and noon.
Station 1 – Spangler’s Spring
Location: Auto Stop #13
Times: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
Battlefield Experience Programs
These are special programs offering a unique opportunity to be at a specific place on the battlefield at a moment when some important event or decision was made or to simply have a one-time experience during the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.
Fateful Decision – Lee and Longstreet on July 3
Location: Start at Auto Stop #10; end at The Peach Orchard
Park along North/South Sickles Avenue and United States Avenue.
Do not park on Wheatfield Road. Field parking may be available, weather permitting.
No Shuttle Bus service.
Time: 6 – 7 a.m.
Gettysburg National Military Park rangers guide these 60-90 minute programs that provide a fuller overview of a phase, or phases, of the battle. The hikes involve more walking and are more in-depth than the Key Moment programs.
The Battle for Culp’s Hill
Location: Meet at Spangler’s Spring station, Auto Stop #13
Take shuttle bus from Museum and Visitor Center Lot 3 starting at 7 a.m.
Limited parking available in the Culp’s Hill area; see map for parking in blue along one-way roads.
Do not park on Slocum Avenue just above Spangler’s Spring.
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Clash of Cavalry - East Cavalry Battlefield
Location: Meet at the Michigan Brigade monument, East Cavalry Battlefield
Park along Gregg Avenue near the Michigan Brigade Monument.
No Shuttle Bus service.
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Pickett’s Charge Commemorative March
Join National Park Service rangers and walk in the footsteps of Confederate soldiers who made this attack from Seminary Ridge or stand on the ground defended by Union soldiers on Cemetery Ridge.
Location: To follow in the footsteps of Confederate soldiers, the park strongly encourages visitors to leave their vehicles near the Museum and Visitor Center and walk across the fields to the North Carolina Monument or Virginia Memorial to begin this program. Visitors may also park at the Soldiers'National Cemetery North and South Lots. The distance from these parking areas to West Confederate Avenue
is just over a mile.
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Voices of the Battle
The Third Day
Living historians bring to life eyewitness accounts of the battle of Gettysburg July 3, 1863.
Location: At the stage north of Meade’s Headquarters
Time 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Visitors may park in the Soldiers' National Cemetery North or South Lots, the Museum and Visitor Center Lots and along Hancock Avenue. Additional parking areas may be available, weather permitting.