General Meade's Birthday Celebration & New Year's Toast

Friday, December 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm

The annual General Meade Birthday Celebration will mark the 206th anniversary of the birth of General George G. Meade, commander of the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg. A parade of Civil War re-enactors, civilians in period attire, special dignitaries, heritage groups and participants will walk to Meade’s final resting place and memorialize his services to the nation. A 21-gun salute will cap off the program at graveside, followed by a champagne toast and refreshments. The procession leaves at 12:00 PM from the courtyard inside Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Pricing/Registration: FREE and open to the public but RSVPs are requested; a $5 donation in support of the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries is appreciated.

Presented in partnership with the General Meade Society


  • We encourage taking public transit, biking, or being dropped off across from the Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132
  • Please follow event parking signs and see below for further parking information.


  • Vehicle access to the cemetery will be restricted to entering at the Central Entrance off of Hunting Park Avenue and the auxiliary gate on Ridge Avenue after 10:30 AM
  • Limited parking is available in the open lot areas across from the cemetery (please be mindful of construction vehicles)
  • Limited parking also available within the neighborhood.


  • All employees and visitors (including children who are too young to be vaccinated) are required to wear a mask while inside our buildings
  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear them on the grounds, regardless of vaccination status
  • Disposable masks will be available.

Email if you have any questions.