Welcome First Timers to D-Day Conneaut!

On behalf of the Staff of D-Day Ohio, and the City of Conneaut, would like to take this opportunity to welcome you plus provide a few helpful hints to how best enjoy your experience. There is much to see and do onsite along with many activities happening around town. Join us as we recreate that Day of Days, June 6th, 1944.

We recommend preparing for your visit by printing our schedule and the site map. All activities are out of doors so be prepared for any type of weather. Backpacks and small coolers are welcome, but please don't leave them unattended! You may wish to bring a blanket or lawn/stadium char for viewing the battles and other demonstrations.

Thursday night is movie night; the unofficial official kick-off to the event. Parking for the movie is available on site or on the streets surrounding the park where parking is permitted.

Handicapped parking is available with wheel chair accessible bussing. Please see the asking map for location. Please have your handicapped sign visible.

Shuttle locations are marked on the park map and by canvas awnings with benches. If you have limited mobility and would like a ride to your next destination within the park, please use this location for a pick up. Our cart drivers will circulate through the park and make regular stops to assist those in need.

Pets are not permitted in the park but service animals are always welcome!

If you choose to bring a blanket or chair for seating.... We ask that those wishing to sit at ground level be given priority for the first 20í closest to the rope lines. Those wishing to use chairs should set up 20í from the rope lines so as to not obscure the view of those sitting at ground level. Those visitors wishing to stand for the demonstration should allow those with chairs and blankets places closer to the rope line so they can also see the recreated battle or demonstration. If you select a sitting location, please remain seated as much as possible during the program so as to not block the view of others.

Food and beverages are sold onsite. We also can recommend local restaurants at rue information booth.

Loose something? Stop at our information booth to report it and see if it was turned in. find something? Please bring it to an information booth or ask one of our cart drivers to drop it off at lost and found.

Dress for the weather and walking. Shade is limited and there is a good bit of walking to see the entire reenactment. Donít forget your sunscreen and perhaps an umbrella. The show will go on regardless of weather.



Encampments

The "Encampments" (England-Allied Forces, Occupied France-Axis Forces, French Resistance) of living historians are located in 3 distinct areas of the park. The Allied camp will be set up on the bluff - England. The Axis forces and will be garrisoned south of the Valley Bridge in the meadow which lies beside the meandering creek. This area will be known as Occupied France. The French resistance encampment is located on the hill near the Road to Victory battle area. Sandwiched between these encampments is the U.S. Airborne's Forward Operating Base. We encourage everyone in attendance to visit these unique and distinctive areas of dedicated reenactors eager to speak with you about their impression.

 

Battle and Display Information
If this is your first time at an reenactment, here is what to expect:  During the battle scenarios, expect loud noises from simulated gunfire and artillery; very loud noises.  Those with sensitive hearing may wish to bring hearing protection.  We encourage you to purchase a commemorative program so you can read in more detail about the scenarios being played out in front of you.  Between engagements there is plenty to look at.  We encourage you to ask questions to the hundreds of reenactors who are representing all aspects of the conflict, but please ask before attempting to handle any items.  Most items on display are privately purchased by the reenactor and then restored and maintained at their own expense.

Through these artifacts presented by our living historians, D-Day Conneaut is attempting to educate, inform, enlighten and pay tribute to the men and women who were thrust upon each other in a horrific global struggle, a struggle that may have vivid memories for some of our visitors.  Rest assured that no reenactor or event planner is a proponent of the political ideals of the era.  Reenactors take great pride in their living history impressions and are eager to talk with you about what they wear and what they carry. 

 

Where to Park?
D-Day Ohio Shuttle Parking MapSchedule of activities begins at 9 AM. On-site parting is no longer permitted. The road network inside the park will be closed once the event begins. Please consult the parking map to the right for locations of parking sites around town. When you arrive, please watch for additional signage and attendants who will be directing you to available parking areas as some fill up sooner then others.

Plan your arrival to allow a little extra time for getting to and from the park.


Before You Leave the Event
 
The entire volunteer staff of D-Day Conneaut thanks you for joining us as we celebrate the turning point of the 20th Century.  Along with hundreds of reenactors we are working hard to keep the story of D-Day alive for generations to come.  We owe our efforts to the Greatest Generation, WWII Veterans and their families, who sacrificed so much for our liberty and for that of a free world.

To ensure that D-Day Conneaut remains free to the public, we need your generous financial support. Please kindly consider contributing to the donation buckets located around the encampment and/or visiting our PX (store) tent.  Proceeds go to perpetuating this great event.  Many unique items are available for purchase including our highly collectable D-Day Conneaut Commemorative Challenge Coin. These hand painted bronze coins tell a particular story of D-Day in stunning detail.