Friday, June 14, 2013

Battle Anniversary Advisory

Coming soon to Gettysburg is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle.  Indeed, some events are already underway.  We have one reference that folks can’t go wrong in exploring and connecting with during the actual anniversary dates:

Try to catch one of the Ranger Walks.   If you can’t and you are a Pennsylvania resident, you can catch the videos of their walks from this year and past years on PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

An advisory:
Over 200,000 visitors are expected for the Anniversary of the Battle.  And the following week is Bike Week, where the area is invaded by the world’s largest unorganized motorcycle gang, perhaps as many as 20,000 strong.

All roads are open and construction is at a minimum.   Some traffic pattersn may have changed since your last visit so be careful.  You will have plenty of time to watch for traffic signs at the rate the traffic is moving!  8-) 

If the 135th Anniversary is anything to use as a gauge,  there will be problems, but the local authorities will be better prepared for this year’s commemoration.  However, there is nothing that can be done to improve the traffic flow, or lack thereof on the roads, especially in the Park.   Be prepared for long waits in traffic, slow traffic, tough luck on parking, long lines at rest facilities, and at local eateries.  Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and a hat, and you are prepared with sunscreen and insect repellent.  Be aware that the Gettysburg Battlefield is also the home of a rich assortment of wildlife, and they will be very upset as so many humans invade their habitat.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your visit, and remember why you are there.


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