Winner of USA Today’s Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Cultural Festival, the Water Lantern Festival is a growing phenomenon in cities all over the country. The cultural celebration brings families, friends and strangers together for fun festivities, including music, food and gathering around campfires — all leading up to the main event of releasing hundreds of illuminated paper lanterns onto the water.
The entire shared experience means something different to everyone. Some families go to the festival to remember a lost loved one; friends celebrate positive life changes; guests commemorate a closing of a chapter; or, really, any reason at all. No matter the reason, releasing the floating lanterns onto the water is not only a beautiful thing, it’s a therapeutic one.
Guests and locals find their way to the festival and fill paper lanterns with words and symbols that mean something to them before joining in the festivities of the night and releasing their lanterns.
Another aspect of the festival that makes it so unique is the no-trace pledge. The Water Lantern Festival’s commitment to sustainability includes event staff cleaning up every lantern after the event, including any and all trash found along the waterways.
Read more about the fine print here and plan your cultural experience in a city near you.
Start your explorations of Gettysburg with breakfast, but not just any breakfast. Gettysburg has many delightful bed and breakfasts worth a stay. If you book a stay at Baladerry Inn, you not only get a comfy, spacious guestroom in a historic home once a Civil War hospital, but you also dine on a scrumptious, hearty breakfast each morning, and it’s all included in your room rate.
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