My boyfriend and I have made a tradition out of spending New Year’s Eve in Gettysburg, PA. It might seem a bit random to spend it there of all places, but it really is a great time! This year I brought my Nikon D700 along with a handy 50mm prime lens.
New Year’s Eve in historic Gettysburg is a lot more eventful than one might think. It takes place in Lincoln Square, right smack in front of the beautiful Gettysburg Hotel. The festivities begin around 9pm on New Year’s Eve and keep on going until about 12:30am. It starts with a band (or DJ – it can vary) performing on a small stage. Throughout the night there are small events such as a funny hat contest and even a baton twirler. Shortly before midnight, the countdown begins and once the clock strikes midnight, an incredible fireworks show explodes into the sky!
Not only do these fun activities take place, but many of the surrounding bars and restaurants are packed with celebrations of their own.
Since we live over an hour away, we tend to get a hotel nearby so we don’t have to make the hike home so late. There are tons of inexpensive options within minutes of the square. This year we stayed at the Hampton Inn in Gettysburg (it was maybe a 5 minute drive from all the festivities) and it turned out to be an excellent choice. Click here to check out my little review of the hotel.
If you live in or near PA and are looking for some family fun on New Year’s Eve, be sure to check out what Gettysburg has to offer!
You’ll probably notice the noise on the photos taken with my Nikon – I had the ISO cranked up to 6400! I don’t typically like to push it that high, but there wasn’t a lot of light to work with.