New Orleans, LA – On January 8, 2015, Andrew Jackson’s statue will be tipping his hat to those gathering to celebrate his victory. High atop his horse, in the middle of Jackson Square, he will be feted by the US Marine Corp Band and fireworks, all to commemorate his victory over the British.
At dawn on the morning of January 8, 1815, a diverse force of soldiers, sailors, and militia, including Indians and African Americans, defeated Britain’s finest white and black troops drawn from Europe and the West Indies in a battle that determined the course of Louisiana and American history.
The American victory in the Gulf region forced the British to recognize United States claims to Louisiana and West Florida and to ratify the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war. The Battle of New Orleans also marked the state’s political incorporation into the Union.
The free concert and fireworks at Jackson Square will be part of a weekend of activities to commemorate the battle, fought downriver in Chalmette. A 20-acre site, located at 8207 Patricia Street in Chalmette has been cleared to accommodate five battle reenactments between January 9 and 11. Free concert and fireworks will be at Jackson Square on Thursday, January 8 For further info, follow this link