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The Battle of Brooklyn and The Meaning of Freedom

August 27, 2023 , 11:00am 3:00pm

military flags and minerva statue

The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in August 1776, was the first battle of the American Revolution to occur after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Also the largest battle of the Revolutionary War, it included a significant engagement on land that is now part of The Green-Wood Cemetery. What did this battle mean to the many different people in New York and Brooklyn at the time? Green-Wood shares the many perspectives of this revolutionary chapter with kids and families, in partnership with several esteemed institutions.

Price: Free. Registration recommended.

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Join us for a family-friendly afternoon to honor those who fought in the battle and learn more about the diverse world of revolutionary New York!

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Take a tour through the “First Oval Office,” a replica of George Washington’s Revolutionary War Tent, and chat with costumed interpreters.
    Presented by the Museum of the American Revolution
  • Learn about the wares of NYC merchants of 1776—and taste some eighteenth century treats.
    Presented by the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum 
  • Participate in a map scavenger hunt and make a tricorn hat.
    Presented by the Center for Brooklyn History.
  • Meet participants of the Battle of Brooklyn through an all-new augmented reality experience using the 1776AR app. 
    Created by 360XR, Funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
  • See flags from the  militias and regiments that fought in the battle, and do a flag scavenger hunt.
  • Play Dutch toys and games popular in the 1700s
    Presented by the Wyckoff House Museum
  • Listen to stories and songs from the Revolution with the New Hudson River Ramblers duo Jonathan Kruk, master storyteller, and Linda Russell, historical balladeer.
  • Meet the Washingtons
    Portrayed by Michael and Maria Grillo and Michael Grillo Jr.
  • Participate in a parade up to Battle Hill to commemorate the battle and the soldiers who fought and died in it.
  • And more!

You won’t want to miss this exploration of America’s past! All ages are welcome. This program is part of Battle Week organized by our friends at the Old Stone House.

Price: Free. Registration recommended. Suggested donation of $5 per person registered. Donations help support Green-Wood’s free and low-cost programs throughout the year.

Before Registering, Please Note:

  • Location: This program begins at the meadow near the Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street (500 25th Street).
  • This is an outdoor event, attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors. 
  • Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors. Green-Wood reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who refuses to comply with these guidelines, which are based on CDC, state, and city mandates.