Battle of New Orleans Commemoration

Partner Event
January 5 - 8, 2024 @ 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

St. Bernard Parish Government Complex
8201 West Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043

Each year over 150 living history re-enactors come together to commemorate America's victory over the British in this final major battle of the War of 1812. 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 during the Commemoration.  

The Battle of New Orleans event includes living history experiences such as, cannon firing, children's activities, and campfire cooking. Special evening events include the battle re-enactments. 

Battle of New Orleans Events at the Woodlands Site:

Site is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6:

  • Skirmishes at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Evening Colors at 3 p.m.

All visitors must park at the St. Bernard Parish Government Complex located at 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043 and use the shuttle service and the Gulf Coast Trolley. 

Pierre de la Ronde Ruins Historic Site on Friday, January 5:

  • Daughters of the British Empire wreath laying ceremony at 2 p.m.

Battle of New Orleans Events at the Chalmette Battlefield:

Come see living history demonstrations, musket and cannon-firing demonstrations, and a kid’s camp on Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6. Chalmette High School’s Recognizing Our Roots program will offer historical cooking and craft demonstrations.

Firing Program Schedule:

  • Musket Demonstrations: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Cannon Demonstrations: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
  • Musket and Cannon Demonstration: 2:30 p.m.

Event Program (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.):

  • Living History Demonstrations
    • Fire making
    • Natural dyes
    • Wood working
    • Southeastern Native American storytelling
    • 1812-era cricket games
    • Sea Shanty Singers
    • Our Mammy's
  • Recognizing Our Roots Kid's Camp
    • Tug of war
    • Dress Up Station
    • Hoops
    • Graces
  • 7th Infantry Drills

Public parking is located at St. Bernard Parish Government Center, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Free shuttles and the Gulf Coast Trolley will run continuously between the parking area and Chalmette Battlefield; please allow 20 minutes for the trip. First shuttle leaves the parking area each day at 9:15 a.m.; last shuttle leaves the parking area each day at 2:30 p.m. The last shuttle leaves the battlefield each day at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s wreath-laying ceremony will occur on Monday, January 8. 

Wreath-Laying Ceremony on January 8 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.):

  • This year’s wreath laying ceremony will occur at the Chalmette Monument, 8606 West Saint Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Parking is available at the two parking areas closest to the entrance gates on Battlefield Road.

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