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Memorial Day Weekend with a Kick

Add a flavorful kick to your Memorial Day weekend in Gettysburg with the Gettysburg BBQ Festival! Fill your weekend with a bite of BBQ, some American history and Gettysburg’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies.

Day 1

Add a flavorful kick to your Memorial Day weekend in Gettysburg with the Gettysburg BBQ Festival! Fill your weekend with a bite of BBQ, some American history and Gettysburg’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies.

Arrive in Gettysburg early on Saturday afternoon and head straight to the Gettysburg BBQ Festival for BBQ samplings, a BBQ competition, BBQ food vendors, live music, a kid’s zone and a craft beer garden by Appalachian Brewing Company! Spend your afternoon indulging in some good old fashioned American food and beer. After the festival, grab a drink in town and catch some live music. Stay in a historic accommodation to round out your patriotic weekend.

Day 2

Start your morning with a delicious brunch at one of our restaurants. Then, head to the Gettysburg Heritage Center where living history demonstrations are held throughout the summer. Explore the Gettysburg Heritage Center Museum or walk over to Soldiers’ National Cemetery to honor the men that died in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Grab a bite to eat and then do some sight seeing at Gettysburg National Military Park. You can do a self-guided tour, or tour the battlefield by horse, carriage, Segway or scooter – just to name a few. Recharge with dinner at a historic restaurant, and then sign up for a ghost tour of the town – deemed to be one of the most haunted towns in America.

Day 3

Add a flavorful kick to your Memorial Day weekend in Gettysburg with the Gettysburg BBQ Festival! Fill your weekend with a bite of BBQ, some American history and Gettysburg’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies.

Spend your morning shopping downtown, or perhaps you’d prefer a walk through nature at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’re back in town for the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies in the afternoon. This Gettysburg parade is a holiday tradition for many and one of the oldest continuing parades in the country. And if you stick around town until the evening, you can catch the first night of the One Hundred Nights of Taps series this season at Soldiers’ National Cemetery.   

After an amazing weekend, we know you’ll be eager to plan your next trip to Gettysburg for one of these patriotic experiences!

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Brewpub located at Gateway Gettysburg serving hand-crafted ales and lagers, craft sodas and exceptional fare.

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70 Presidential Circle,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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One of Gettysburg's largest and finest gift shops. Featuring an extensive selection of books, art prints & collectibles as well as souvenirs and apparel.

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297 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Witness the Battle of Gettysburg from two unique perspectives – the civilians who called it home, and the soldiers on the battlefield. The story of the battle comes to life through both museum displays, and the battlefield orientation film, "Gettysburg Animated Map", produced by the Civil War Trust.

717-334-6245

297 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Experience ranger programs & walks, campfire programs, living history & events that assist in preserving & interpreting the Gettysburg Battle.

717-334-1124 ext. 80

1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Experience your love of nature at Strawberry Hill! Explore miles of hiking trails that connect to Michaux State Forest, learn about native animals in our nature center, play in cold mountain creeks or enjoy a picnic by our pond.

717-642-5840

1537 Mount Hope Road,
Fairfield, PA 17320

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