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Ford Family Day 2019

August 3 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm


Join us for the sixth annual Ford Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Ford Family Day, made possible through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund, provides a variety of family-friendly educational programs and activities at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

Ford Family Day activities begin at 8 a.m. and include special ranger-led family activities and hikes, music of the Civil War era, an encampment of living historians, children’s book readings, refreshments and an evening campfire with a ranger from 6-7 p.m.

Programs & Activities

Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience

See the Film, A New Birth of Freedom. Experience the sights and sounds of Pickett’s Charge in the iconic Gettysburg Cyclorama. Explore artifacts and interactive exhibits in the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, including the Smithsonian’s American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith Exhibition. Timed tickets are free, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

National Park Service Family Activities

Join the Family Activities just for kids. A Junior Ranger Station, a Join the Army Program, A Mystery History Guest, A Hands-On History Cart, a Family History Hike and Citizenship Stories will be offered throughout the day.

Living History

Mingle with living historians and see their Civil War encampments, trades and household skills.

Ice Cream Break

Enjoy a free scoop of locally made Mr. G’s ice cream while supplies last.

 American Democracy

HiSTORY Time: Enjoy children’s book readings throughout the day. Readings are of the books One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote and D is for Democracy.

Children’s Voting Activity: Children can learn the importance of voting. Participants under age 18 can vote for their favorite ice cream.

Picnic Lunch

Purchase a specially priced picnic lunch.

 Explore and More

Join a Licensed Battlefield Guide for a monumental treasure hunt.

19th Century Music

Enjoy Civil War and 19th century music

An Evening Campfire with a Ranger

Enjoy an evening campfire and a Park Ranger presentation on the topic of Democracy featuring details of sites linked to the history of American Democracy.


August 3
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Foundation


Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325 United States
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(877) 874-2478