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200th Anniverary of the Battle of New Orleans

Category: Major Events/Festivals

Start: Jan 08, 2015 9:30 AM

End: Jan 08, 2015 4:30 PM

Chalmette Battlefield & National Cemetery, 8606 W St Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043, United States

War of 1812 Bicentennial
Experience living history, cannon firing, children's activities, and campfire cooking at the Chalmette Battlefield National Park. Special evening events include the battle re-enactments.

Commemoration Day on Thursday, January 8:
the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
Presented by the park, a morning ceremony will reflect the importance of the bicentennial as well as the many people and groups involved in the battle.

School field trips on Friday, January 9:
Through self-guided tours, cannon and musket firings, and Battle of New Orleans University activities, students will esperience the men who fought, the civilians who supported their efforts, and the teamwork required for military success and for everyday life in 1815

Public events on Saturday, January 10:
Visitors will experience the historic events of 1815 through self-guided tours, cannon and musket firings, and a full roster of speakers, music, book signings, and other programs, including Battle of New Orleans University activities.

Each year over 150 living history re-enactors come together on the Friday and Saturday closest to the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, to commemorate America's victory over the British in this final major battle of the War of 1812. Events are held at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park - Chalmette Battlefield and include demonstrations such as cannon and musket firing and campfire cooking. One of the most amazing things about the Battle of New Orleans is the amount of different people and military groups from different races, social classes, languages, and backgrounds who came together to protect their country and their way of life. This is easily seen throughout the encampments set up at the Battlefield during the Commemoration. The majority of the events take place during the day from 9:30am-4:30pm with special events on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night is a re-enactment of one of the skirmishes leading up to the Battle.

More information can be found on the National Park Service website which is www.nps.gov/jela

Thursday, January 8, 2015 to Sunday, January 11, 2015

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