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Ford Family Day

Mark your calendar for the fifth annual Ford Family Day on Saturday, August 4th from 8 am to 6 pm! The Ford Motor Company Fund has generously arranged for a day of great activities for the whole family – including free entry to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum experience brought to you by the Gettysburg Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service at Gettysburg. 

This year’s Ford Family Day will feature special programs for kids of all ages, free ice cream, free music and more. Come experience life during the mid-1800s with living historians as they showcase their trades, and have a family photo taken to share your day on social media. Special Ranger-led activities focus on stories and themes that appeal to families and children. An encampment of living historians, representing the 15th New Jersey infantry, will be located on the front lawn of the Visitor Center. Period-dressed living historians will present demonstrations of 19th century crafts on the lawn and in the Visitor Center. Musicians will perform Civil War-period music. A local ice cream shop will provide visitors with free ice cream.

FREE programs include:

Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience

8:15 am – 5:15 pm

Timed Tickets are required and available at the Ticketing Counter in the Visitor Center.

Start with our feature film “A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman, then spend time with the world-famous “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama painting in the round, followed by a browse through the world-class Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War.

National Park Service Family Activities

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

A Family Activities Area with a Junior Ranger Station and a Hand-on History Cart will be offered as will be several interactive, ranger-led Join the Army children's programs presented on the hour from 10 am to 1 pm.

Tap Snap Photo Booth

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

“Picture yourself in 1863” at the photo booth using our Civil War props. Have a photo to take home and share with family and friends via social media and email. 


10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm

Be swept back in time as a living historian presents a reading of popular Civil War themed children’s books.

Live Music

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enjoy Civil War period music outdoors at Ranger Site #3. Sing, dance and tap your toes to the lively music. A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the day highlighting musical traditions from historic to Americana selections.

Ford Family Day Hike

2:45 pm

Gear up for a hike to The Brian Farm. Hikers should meet on the sidewalk near Ranger Site #1.

Ice Cream Break

11:00 am – 3:00 pm (while supplies last)

Enjoy a free scoop of locally made ice cream.

Picnic Lunch

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

A specially priced picnic lunch will be available for purchase.

Museum Bookstore

Join us in the Museum Bookstore for book signings from authors: William Styple, 8:00 am – Noon and Jared Frederick from Noon – 4:00 pm.

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