D-Day Conneaut is a massive annual reenactment, taking place on the banks of Lake Erie in Conneaut, northeast Ohio. The three-day event draws over 1200 reenactors and historians. World War II history enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Conneaut Township Park every August to observe an impressive spectacle, featuring WWII tanks, vehicles, boats, costumed reenactors, and much more.
Reenactment activities pay tribute to the events of June 6th, 1944. The Normandy landing, also known as D-Day, was the largest seaborne invasion in history. conducted by the Allied Forces in Operation Overlord during World War II. Ohio's Ashtabula County, with vast Lake Erie beaches, looks a lot like the Normandy coast.
The main highlight of the weekend is the sight of hundreds of re-enactors gathering on the 250-yard-long beach, which looks like Omaha Beach in Normandy. Different groups of reenactors represent the Allied parachute and Glider infantry, German Army, and French resistance fighters, showcasing WWII history on the battlefield. Attendees can also visit the encampments of Allied and Axis units, immersing the public in the 1940s era. The everyday life of the soldiers is realistically recreated with the help of original vehicles, equipment, and uniforms.
Held since 1999, D-Day Conneaut is America's premier living history event, which is free for the public to attend. Highly realistic and exciting, D-Day Conneaut is a spectacular educational and family-friendly experience with plenty of fun activities for children, and adults. The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm for 3 straight days.