First things first: a history lesson.

The Battle of New Orleans wasn’t just one battle. Actually, it was a series of military scuffles that together created the final major battle of the War of 1812. Though they were outnumbered, Andrew Jackson and the Americans held off Edward Pakenham and his British combatants from seizing New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. Many attributed the win to a miracle – after all, the Americans were outnumbered, and the Ursuline nuns prayed all night on behalf of the American soldiers.

To this day, 200 years later, the city still takes time to remember the battle and its lasting effects. Here’s how to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial:

historic sign de la ronde

Chalmette Plantations is home to Chalmette Battlefield, which will host several battle re-enactments. De La Ronde Ruins, former headquarters of the British, are seen in the background. (Photo courtesy Wally Gobetz on Flickr)

Attend a Wreath-Laying Ceremony

The United States Daughters of 1812 will conduct its annual wreath-laying ceremony in Jackson Square. The ceremony takes place at noon today, but later in the evening, fireworks will ignite over the Mississippi River at 8 p.m. There’s also a wreath-laying ceremony tomorrow at De Le Ronde Ruins, which served as British headquarters during the war.

Take a Trip to Chalmette Battlefield

Battle reenactments take place January 9-11, 2015 at Chalmette Battlefield. An armory, field assembly, marching lane, and battlefield with British and American sides are all on-site, as are reenactors dressed in authentic costumes for the period. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. each day; while Friday’s reenactment is free, Saturday and Sunday events cost $10 with tickets available online.

Learn About the War’s Impact on the Gulf South At Our Hotel

Reflection on the bicentennial continues throughout the month of January – and Hotel Monteleone is paying tribute! On Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m., we’re hosting a symposium titled “Forgotten Conflicts: Indians, Andrew Jackson, and the War of 1812 in the South.” The symposium will include presentations from seven experts at universities like Auburn and King’s College in London as well as two receptions. Registration is required with a discounted fee available for students and/or teachers. Visit The Historic New Orleans Collection for more information.