Lincoln Birthplace opens summer season with concert, luminary event

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Celebration is free; attendees encouraged to bring lawn chair, flashlight

The News-Enterprise

The summer season at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park kicks off Friday with a concert and luminary event as part of a “Summer Season Celebration.”

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free.

Starting at 7 p.m., President Lincoln’s Own Band performs for an hour a collection of 19th century and American Civil War songs. A luminary display follows the concert from 8 to 9 p.m.

Park officials said visitors Friday night should be prepared to bring a blanket or lawn chair and a flashlight. Parking is in the visitor center parking lot and spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. Overflow parking is available in the lot south of the visitor parking lot.

President Lincoln’s Own Band is a group of professional musicians who were featured in the movie “Lincoln.”

Band members wear reproduction wool uniforms and play brass instruments from the period.

For more information, call the park at (270) 358-3137 or go to www.nps.gov/abli.