1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content

Thursday, July 4

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.

Interpretive Programs

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.

Station 1 - Soldiers’ National Cemetery: Commemoration & Rededication

Location: Inside the Taneytown Road entrance to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Auto Stop #16
Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.

Station 2 - The George Spangler Farm & Treating the Wounded

Location: George Spangler Farm, owned by the Gettysburg Foundation, is accessible by shuttle bus only.
This program is free and departs from the Museum and Visitor Center.
Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.

Station 3 - The Civilians’ Story

Location: Brian farm on Hancock Ave.
Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.

Station 4 - The Prisoners’ Story

Location: Meade’s headquarters
Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.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.

Gettysburg Aftermath in 4D – The Rose Farm

Of all the places at Gettysburg, more fallen were photographed on the Rose Farm than at any other site. Join licensed battlefield guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith in exploring the stories behind the photographs.
Park along South Sickles Avenue and Ayres Avenue.
Additional onsite parking will be available weather permitting.
Do not park on Cross-Brooke-Detrobriand Avenue.
Location: Rose Hill, along Brooke Avenue, opposite 53rd Pennsylvania Monument
Time: 7 – 9:00 a.m.

The Slyder Farm and Family – Before, During and After the Battle of Gettysburg

Location: The program begins at the First Vermont Cavalry marker, near the Slyder farm trailhead on South Confederate Avenue. This program includes a quarter mile descending hike and lots of physical activity during one of the warmest parts of the day.
Park on South Confederate Avenue and follow trail to Slyder Farm; onsite parking will be limited.
Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Overview Hikes

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.

Three Farms in the Path of Battle on July 2

Location: Meet along Sickles Avenue, opposite the Klingel farm.
Park along North/South Sickles Avenue and along United States Avenue.
Additional onsite parking will be available, weather permitting.
Do not park on Wheatfield or Emmitsburg Roads.
Time: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Commemoration and Memory of the Battle

Location: Meet at the Pennsylvania Memorial, Auto Stop #12
Park along Hancock Avenue or Humphreys Avenue.
Additional onsite parking will be available, weather permitting.
Do not park on Pleasonton Avenue.
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Voices of the Battle

The Aftermath of Battle

Living historians bring to life eyewitness accounts of the tragedy
of the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg.
Location: At the stage north of Meade’s Headquarters
Time 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Free

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.