World War II Days - Midway Village, Rockford, IL, Sept. 22-23, 2018

World War II Coming Soon

Saturday, Sept.22 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 23 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Location: Midway Village Museum
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford, Illinois

See the largest World War II era re-enactment in the Midwest!

Visitors to World War II Days engage in elaborate 1940s displays in historical buildings on the museum’s 148-acre campus, which becomes the back drop of a European village during World War II.   The military re-enactment

Festivities include encampments of Allied and Axis troops in the Midway Village woods and realistic skirmishes integrated in the historic village. World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays. More than 1,000 uniformed re-enactors representing soldiers from the United States, Great Britain, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Germany along with 70 to 80 vintage tanks, half tracks and other 1940s military vehicles make this a not-to-miss special event. Other event features:

. Over 60 authentic military vehicles
. More than 1,000 re-enactors
. Battles with pyrotechnics
. 1940s Style Live Musical Entertainment
. Skirmishes, Demos & Displays
. Militaria Sales Vendors from the Midwest
. General Patton’s Command Center
. Affordable Local Food Vendors
. Vet Tank available for individuals with limited mobility
.  Special Admission for Veterans and Active Duty Personnel (ID Required) 
.  Golf Cart Shuttles available for guests with special needs

The event is rain or shine. 

Admission – To purchase tickets online:
  • Adults (Ages 18+) - $14
  • Veterans and Active Duty Personnel (ID Required) - $12
  • Child (Ages 3 to 17) - $8
  • Museum Members - FREE
  • WWII Veterans – FREE
Visitors may also purchase tickets in-advance at the Museum Gift Store.  Tickets are also available for purchase at the gates both days of World War II Days.
Event Sponsors
National Electrical Contractors Association

Golf Cart Sponsors
Illinois Bank & Trust
Rockford Bank & Trust

Museum Members Parking is free
Midway Village Museum Members receive free parking. All non-members pay a $2 parking fee. A special reminder to Museum Members, please make sure to bring your membership card to the World War II Days special event and present the member card in order to receive your free parking and admission.

General Admission Visitor Parking Information for World War II Days
A $2 per car parking fee for non-member visitors will be taken at the entrance of the parking lots. Cash is appreciated when paying the parking fee. Your fee covers the additional expenses for special event security and parking lot attendants during the World War II Days special event. These event costs were previously absorbed by the Rockford Park District.

Registered wrist banded re-enactors are the only guests admitted into the event in vintage military uniforms.  Visitors to the event may dress in 1940s civilian costumes only, if they wish, as long as the visitor admission sticker is worn prominently.

Special Friday Evening Event!
Behind the Lines
Friday, September 21
5 pm. – 8 pm

Location:  Midway Village Museum
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford, Illinois

Go behind the scenes of Midway Village Museum’s World War II Days special event the evening before it opens to the public. This up-close preview will include village tours of the camps, vehicles, and General Patton’s command tent.

Followed by dinner, Historian Edward E. Gordon will provide a presentation in the main museum center titled “Divided on D-Day: New Perspectives on the Normandy Campaign”. Gordon will provide a fresh perspective on the Normandy Invasion and the following three-month campaign.

$35 Non-Members, $30 Members.

Space is limited.
Preregistration and prepayment is required by Wednesday, September 12. Call 815-397-9112 to register.

For questions or for more details, contact Midway Village Museum at 815-397-9112.


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