Gettysburg is one of the most historic and patriotic towns in America and we encourage locals and travelers alike to celebrate Independence Day in our destination.

Destination Gettysburg has been a proud sponsor and has provided the fireworks at the annual 4th of July Community Concert & Fireworks at Gettysburg College for the last six years. We’re proud to co-host this event every year as it brings together the community to celebrate our nation’s independence.

The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes music from The Willys and a patriotic pops concert before ending the night with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The community event takes place at the Memorial Field at Gettysburg College and is free to anyone.

Other ways to celebrate July 4th in Gettysburg include Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This guided tour takes place 11-11:45 a.m.; 2-2:45 p.m.; 3-3:45 p.m. and 6-6:45 p.m. on July 4 and takes you to the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

You can also honor those who have served our nation at 100 Nights of Taps that takes place every night from 7-7:30 p.m. at Solders’ National Monument. Held by the National Park Service, the notes of taps will fill the air as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation.

And of course, we encourage visitors and locals to extend their July 4th holiday by attending the festivities taking place during the annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment July 5-7. The smoke and flame of full-scale artillery fire, the explosions and smell of black powder, smoke rings drifting in the air, the distinct pounding of thundering hooves and the metallic clash of mounted cold steel sabers will always be a highlight for both reenactors and visitors at the annual event.

Saturday, July 6 from 5-9 p.m. the Confederates take the Shriver House. Every year the Shriver House Museum holds an annual reenactment depicting the takeover by Confederate troops, who seized the Shriver House and occupied it during the battle.

Beyond the history, enjoy all-American fun with picking fresh fruit at Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, breakfast on the farm with Oyler’s Organic Farm, the Adams County Pour Tour Concert Series, Savor Gettysburg Food Tours and much more. For other events taking place in Gettysburg, visit

Submitted by Natalie Buyny for Destination Gettysburg.

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