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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2010
1776 Comes Alive At Green-Wood
Green-Wood Historic Fund Commemorates Battle of Brooklyn With
Day-Long, Family Friendly Events Including Parade, Trolley Tour and
19th-Century Weapons Demonstrations By Revolutionary War Re-Enactors
The Green-Wood Historic Fund will host a full day of family-friendly events on August 29, 2010 to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn – the largest battle of the Revolutionary War and the first to be fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Fought 234 years ago on the grounds of the now nationally landmarked Green-Wood Cemetery, the battle will be remembered with weapons demonstrations led by Revolutionary War re-enactors, a trolley tour, parade and memorial ceremony. Kids of all ages will delight in the pageantry. All events are free except for the 10 a.m. trolley tour.
- 10:00 AM: The Battle of Brooklyn-234 Years Later – This special trolley tour of the Revolutionary War battlefield within Cemetery grounds will be led by Barnet Schecter, author of the widely-praised The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution, and Green-Wood Cemetery historian Jeff Richman. The tour will highlight several patriot defensive positions, such as Battle Hill (formerly known as Mount Washington), the Delaware monument, and the gravesites of Revolutionary War soldiers, including one who took part in the Boston Tea Party.
Location: Meet at main gate.
Cost: $10 for Historic Fund members, $20 for public.
Visitors should call 718 768-7300 for reservations; space on the trolley is limited.
- 12:00 PM: Revolutionary War Re-enactors – Re-enactors in authentic Revolutionary War uniforms will stage a demonstration featuring musket and cannon fire.
Location: Green-Wood’s Meadow near the main gate;
- 1:30 PM: Annual Battle of Brooklyn Parade – Sponsored by the Green-Wood Historic Fund and United States Merchant Marine Academy, the procession, led by the Regimental Band of the United Stated Merchant Marine Academy, will meet at Green-Wood’s main gate and end at Battle Hill.
- 2:00 PM: Battle of Brooklyn Memorial Ceremony – This ceremony will honor the Patriots who fought the first battle after the signing of the Declaration of Independence 234 years ago.
Location: Battle Hill;
WHAT: The Green-Wood Historic Fund will commemorate the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first and largest battle of the Revolutionary War, with a variety of special events, including a trolley tour of the Revolutionary War Battlefield within the Cemetery, 19th-Century weapons demonstrations by uniformed re-enactors, a parade and a memorial ceremony.
WHEN: Sunday, August 29, 2010
10:00 AM: Trolley Tour: The Battle of Brooklyn-234 Years Later ($10 for Historic Fund members; $20 general public)
12:00 PM: Revolutionary War Re-enactors (free)
1:30 PM: Annual Battle of Brooklyn Parade (free)
2:00 PM: Battle of Brooklyn Memorial Ceremony (free)
WHERE: Historic Green-Wood Cemetery
25th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Take the “R” train to 25th Street in Brooklyn and walk up the hill one block and into the Cemetery.
COST: All events are free, except the trolley tour which is $10 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund, $20 for non-members. Reservations for the tour are strongly recommended. (www.greenwoodcemetery.org or (718) 768-7300).
MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: Josh Salter; 212-575-4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linden Alschuler & Kaplan, Public Relations