Vicksburg National Military Park resumes normal operations after shutdown ends

Published 6:55 pm Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Vicksburg National Military Park resumed normal operations Saturday following congressional approval of a continuing resolution ending the shutdown, park Superintendent Bill Justice said.

The park visitor center, the USS Cairo Museum and the USS Cairo, Louisiana and Navy Circles, and most of the park tour road will be open to the public, and all programs and events will be held as scheduled.

The Vicksburg National Cemetery, however, will remain closed due to the large number of damaged and downed trees that make the cemetery hazardous and impassible, he said.

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Also, the section of Confederate Avenue from Fort Hill to Old Graveyard Road remains closed to all vehicles and pedestrians because of construction.

Visitors are asked to go to for updated information about the park.

“We are grateful for the work of the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign, their supporters and donors, and to the city of Vicksburg for their unprecedented support that kept the visitor centers and tour road open to the public during the partial government shutdown,” Justice said.

“Because of those donations and in-kind services thousands of visitors from all over the U.S. and the world were able to visit and experience Vicksburg and the park.”