• Soldiers National Cemetery (map)
  • 1195 Baltimore Pike
  • Gettysburg, PA, 17325
  • United States

Dedication Day - Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

At 10:15am, the day’s events will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers' National Monument, followed by the Dedication Day Program at the rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at 10:30am. Lincoln portrayer George Buss will recite the Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will hold a naturalization ceremony for citizen candidates. 

This year, one of the nation's foremost Lincoln experts, Harold Holzer, will be delivering the Dedication Day keynote address. Holzer is currently the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute and has authored, co-authored and edited over 50 books and has written more than 560 articles and reviews for magazines and scholarly journals- including Smithsonian, Life Magazine and American Heritage. His latest book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, won the Lincoln Prize in 2015. Holzer also served for six years as a Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and 10 years co-chairing for the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission- appointed by President Clinton. He was also awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2008 by President Bush.

This event is free and open to the general public. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public, so feel free to bring lawn chairs. Parking for the event is provided at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in Lot#3 with free shuttle service on the Gold Line Shuttle to the Cemetery. The Gold Line will operate from 8:00am to 6:30pm.

Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect place to stay during Dedication Day. We offer a location right down the street from must-see historical sites such as Little Round Top, delicious daily gourmet breakfasts, a beautiful 30 acre battlefield property, and daily history presentations. The bed and breakfast is both child and dog friendly, so you can bring the whole family along with you.