This is an excerpt from an article published in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Nov/Dec 2015:
The grand finale to Gettysburg’s holiday season attracts about 2,000 people to Lincoln Square on New Year’s Eve. Organizer Chris Glatfelter, Executive Director of the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC), says the key to Gettysburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is its universal appeal to people of all ages and the community partnerships it produces. Gettysburg Borough, ACNB Bank, and the Majestic Theatre are just some of the collaborators.
The ACAC is mainly responsible for entertainment, including a DJ on the square starting at 9 pm, followed by a live music stage from 9:30-11:30, free arts activities at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, a free family movie at the Majestic, performances and entertainment at Christ Lutheran Church, then a countdown to midnight program led by Major William Troxell at 11:30, culminating in fireworks lighting the midnight sky above Lincoln Square, sponsored by ACNB Bank.
“The ACAC is involved because of the arts… When you can add an arts element to a program or event, you make it better,” Glatfelter explains. “The music adds to the downtown atmosphere, a balloon artist fascinates the kids… It’s important for us to be in the public eye stressing the value of the arts.”
“The thing with New Year’s Eve that always strikes me,” Glatfelter continues, “I’ve seen close to 2,000 people of all ages, enjoying themselves, dancing, shivering together… but spirits are high and everyone is hopeful for a new year and what will come.”