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10 a.m. Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration

August 24, 2014, 10:00am3:00pm

Credit: Lisa Alpert
Credit: Lisa Alpert

The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood, was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, Green-Wood hosts a day of free commemoration ceremonies, trolley tours, and 18th-century living. See parades, cannon fire, horse rides, re-enactments and historic cooking. Living history events and activities will offer kids a real feel for life during the American Revolution. This is a great event for kids and families!

10:00 AM – TROLLEY TOUR: Join author and historian Barnet Schecter and Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman for a tour of Green-Wood and Revolutionary War-related sites. $25 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$30 for nonmembers. This event is sold out.

12:30 PM – LIFE IN REVOLUTIONARY NEW YORK: Meet soldiers, their horses, and famous colonial Americans. Historic re-enactors will demonstrate everything from revolutionary weapons, to colonial cooking. Free.

1:30 PM – BATTLE OF BROOKLYN PARADE: Grab a flag, wave it high and march to Battle Hill with The Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Begins at the main gate. Free.

2:00 PM – COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY: Honor the spirit and heroes of the Battle of Brooklyn at this commemoration on Battle Hill, overlooking New York Harbor. Free.

If you plan to attend any of the free events, please register once below and consider an optional donation.


August 24, 2014
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