PRINCE WILLIAM AND MANASSAS, Va., July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The commemorative reenactment of The First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run will proceed as scheduled on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Pageland Farm in Gainesville, VA. Roughly 17,000 spectators are expected to watch this definitive reenactment of the first major land battle of the American Civil War and reflect upon the 150th Anniversary. More than 8,700 reenactors from across the United States,Canada, and Europe will participate. Organizers are prepared to welcome all participants with 35,000 bottles of free water, cooling stations and misting tents, air conditioned shuttle buses and other accommodations for the heat. It is suggested that participants drink plenty of water prior to arrival and while at the event, wear a hat, sunscreen, sneakers or shoes (not sandals) and bring insect repellent for their comfort.
“Public safety and emergency management officials are prepared to keep everyone at the event as safe and comfortable as possible, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome the world to Prince William & Manassas,” said Ann Marie Maher, Executive Director of the area’s tourism marketing organization. “Visitors and reenactors will experience a once-in-a-lifetime event this weekend.”
Online ticket sales (via www.manassasbullrun.com) end at 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, July 22. Day of ticket sales will be available at the event parking area at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, VA 20136 where free shuttles will run continuously from 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The battle reenactment begins at 9:30 a.m. and are expected to continue until 12 noon with living history programs, and confederate and union camps open to the public after the reenactment. Modern and period day vendors will also be on-site.
For FAQs and the latest information, participants can visit www.manassasbullrun.com or follow the tourism bureau’s updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pwcmanassas) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/visitPWC).
Discover Prince William and Manassas is the area’s tourism marketing organization promoting Prince William County andManassas, Virginia.
SOURCE Discover Prince William & Manassas