Just as the Battle of New Orleans wasn’t only one battle, neither is its bicentennial celebration a single event. We’ve rounded up all the best happenings to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial event:
The final battle of the War of 1812 occurred on Jan. 8, 1815 – exactly 200 years ago today. With the exact anniversary in mind, you’ll find celebrations happening day and night. At noon, the United States Daughters of 1812 will perform a wreath-laying ceremony in Jackson Square. Fireworks will illuminate the New Orleans riverfront at 8:00 p.m. tonight, celebrating the American victory over the British.
Another wreath-laying ceremony takes place on Friday at 10:00 a.m. – this time from the Daughters of the British Empire – at the De La Ronde Ruins in Chalmette. The ruins are all that is left of De La Ronde plantation, which was used as British headquarters during the battle. Beforehand, a Rosary Procession led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond will take place, followed by Thanksgiving Mass after the ceremony.
Chalmette Battlefield will host authentic battle re-enactments on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as part of the bicentennial celebration. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. daily. Although Friday’s reenactment is free, tickets for Saturday and Sunday’s events cost $10 (purchase your tickets online).
Later in the Month
Throughout the month of January, you can seek out events related to the bicentennial – including a symposium hosted at our sister property, Hotel Monteleone. The symposium brings in professors and experts from around the world to discuss the lasting effects of the battle in shaping the Gulf South. Registration is required, and students or teachers can sign up for a discounted price. Visit The Historic New Orleans Collection for more information.