Annual Memorial Day Parade

Running continuously since 1867, the Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest continually running programs that honors “those who gave their lives that the Nation might live.”

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The Gettysburg Joint Veterans Day Memorial commission puts on the Memorial Parade on the afternoon of the last Monday in May each year. The parade through the town that witnessed the bloody battle offers a unique background to remember and honor those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. 

Typically, the Memorial Day parade begins at 2 p.m. at Lefever Street in Gettysburg, heads northeast to East Middle Street, turns west on East Middle Street and south on Baltimore Street to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The Welty House is located right on the parade route for optimal viewing. 

A touching, solemn Memorial Day Ceremony takes place following the parade at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. 

Find other cultural events happening that weekend at Destination Gettysburg. Past Lane Travels offers a wealth of information on what to expect on Remembrance Day Weekend, other major events and general tips for visiting Gettysburg.