World War II Days




World War II Days

Midway Village Museum

Midway Village Museum



Saturday, September 24

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Midway Village Museum

6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL 61107


Midway Village Museum


World War II Days

at Midway Village Museum

6799 Guilford Road

Rockford IL

Visitors may purchase admission at the gates both Saturday and Sunday for World War II Days. Online ticket sales end at 7 am Saturday, September 24. Parking is free.

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. This military re-enactment is known to be the largest in the Midwest and draws thousands of visitors yearly to the Rockford region and the museum grounds.

Visitors do not need to purchase tickets in advance. You may purchase your admission(s) upon arrival to the museum's special event gates. Parking is free for visitors to World War II Days.

The museum is required to follow all State of Illinois mandates regarding COVID-19. All staff and guests attending are required to abide by the state guidelines in place at the time of the event.

Saturday, September 24

10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, September 25

10 am to 4 pm


$16 Adults

$9 Children (ages 3-17)

Museum Members are Free

Children (ages 0-2) are Free

Event schedules will be posted at soon. Check back for complete details.

Midway Village Museum Members are Free!

Member Members may receive advance tickets by calling the museum and speaking to a Front Desk representative at 815-397-9112. Advance tickets are not required to attend, however Members should bring their membership card to the event to show upon arrival for entry/admission.

Visitors may purchase tickets in-advance online or at the Museum Gift Store. Tickets are available for purchase at the gates the days of the military re-enactment. The event opens at 10 am both days for the general public.

Festivities include encampments of Allied and Axis troops in the Midway Village woods. World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays.

Uniformed re-enactors representing soldiers from the United States, Great Britain, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Germany along with vintage tanks, half tracks and other 1940s military vehicles make this a not-to-miss special event.

Event Highlights

. Narrated half-hour field battles with pyrotechnics (two on Saturday and one on Sunday)

. Realistic encampments of Allied and Axis troops

. An Andrew Sisters musical tribute by "Sweet Reminder"

. Spontaneous historical vignettes throughout the historic village

Other Highlights:

. Authentic World War II military vehicles and tanks on display

. Axis and Allied military represented in exhibits and displays

. Elaborate Demonstrations & Displays with narration of impressions by costumed re-enactors representing civilian and military life

. Militaria Sales Vendors from the Midwest

. Affordable Local Food Vendors

. VETANK available for individuals with limited mobility

. Golf Cart Shuttles available for guests with special needs and limited mobility

Check back regularly for updated details about the special event. Full schedules of the daily activities will be available closer to the event date(s).

Members are free to attend World War II Days. With your membership, there's many other benefits you receive, as well as supporting the mission of history preservation and education at Midway Village Museum! To become a member or for details go to:

This is a rain or shine event. No refunds.

There are three bicycle racks on the museum campus for those individuals bike riding to the special event.

Questions? Call 815-397-9112. 


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