Re: Visting Gettysburg the week of July 4th?
This being your first trip to GB, I would heed the warning of my fellow posters. There is no getting away from the crowds, there is no place to eat without a hour wait, and absolutely no hotel space. However, with those warnings out of my system, Gettysburg on 4th weekend can be an experience in itself. Back in 2004 my wife, a pard, and me went to celebrate our returning from Afghanistan. We started planning a little too late but things worked out for us. We found a camp site (Granite something) that had somewhat decent rates, still way more than I wanted to pay for a tent site! Spent four days camping, visiting the battlefield and walking around town. The Gettysburg Bike Week was going on at the time, while it was a destraction, it added to the experience. In planning the trip I never expected to be spending late nights in a bar talking over the potentials of Day 2 with 5 or 6 drunk bikers. The week as a whole certainly was not the trip that I had expected. But that experience goes down as one of my favorite NP trips yet.
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If the Republic goes down in blood and ruin, let its obituary be written thus: "Died of West Point."
Brig Gen James A Garfield, 1862