241st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn

241st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn

241st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn

Green-Wood | 25th Street and Fifth Avenue | Park Slope

It's that time of year again as we celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with a truly revolutionary night followed by multiple events around Brooklyn and a daylight battle recreation at Green-wood on Saturday, August 26, and Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Stroll Green-Wood’s dusk-lit landscape from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday, August 26th, as Revolutionary War reenactors illuminate life at the time of our country’s battle for survival: setting up camp, cooking, socializing, and steeling themselves for the next day’s battle during Battle of Brooklyn: Tales and Tunes. There will be dance demonstrations, festive music, 18th-century food to sample, and storytelling about battles won and lost amidst the glow of a campfire. The songwriting duo Charming Disaster will provide musical interludes.

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.


Saturday, August 19, 10 am - 3 pm
Colonial Day at Ft. Greene Park
Cooking, games, tools and flags.  Check out
George Washington's tent, and be inducted into the Continental Army.

Saturday, August 19 - Sunday, August 27
Display of 85 Revolutionary War flags and their history at Green-Wood
5th Avenue at 25th Street, Brooklyn.

Saturday, August 19, 1;00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Evergreens Cemetery Battle of Brooklyn Event
  in Partnership with The Vander Ende - Onderdonk House
Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street, Brooklyn. 
(718) 455-5300/www.theevergreenscemetery.com
Sunday, August 20, Noon - 2 pm
Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony
Old Stone House & Washington Park
  in partnership with the Michael A. Rawley American Legion Post       
(718) 768-3195/www.theoldstonehouse.org
Wednesday, August 23, 6 pm
Gowanus Dredgers Battle Paddle

Join the Dredgers a canoe tour of the famous Battle of Brooklyn escape route.

Thursday, August 24, 7 - 9 pm
Exhibit Opening - Being Well: In Search of Utopia?

  A Contemporary Exhibit curated by Katherine Gressel
Friday, August 25, 6 - 9 pm
Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk

Led by Old Stone House Board Member and Hunter College Archaeology Professor William J. Parry. Meet at Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, NW corner. $12 per person/$10 OSH members; includes light refreshments.  Wear comfortable shoes. Information:  (718) 768-3195/info@theoldstonehouse.org. Advance tickets recommended - available at Brown Paper Tickets.
Saturday, August 26, 10 am sharp
Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial Ceremony

Coordinated by the Society of Old Brooklynites, American Merchant Marine Association, and Navy Armed Guard. Prison Ships Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.
Information: (718) 768-3195.
Saturday, August 26, 1pm - 5pm
Dramatic Reading of The Declaration of Independence

The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
Hear the Declaration of Independence read the18th century way. Learn about how it was written and the role it played during the Battle of Brooklyn.
$5 suggested donation GRHS members Free.
(718) 456-1776/www.onderdonkhouse.org


Green-Wood hosts a morning of commemoration on Sunday, August 27th, to honor all those who served to defend the young Republic. See parades, cannon fire, horses, and re-enactments. This is a great event for kids and families!

10:00 AM – TROLLEY TOUR (Sold Out): This is a separate, ticketed tour, not included in general registration for the Commemoration events.

11:00 AM – LIFE ON THE BATTLEFIELD: Meet soldiers, their horses, and famous colonial Americans. Historic re-enactors will demonstrate revolutionary weapons and tactics.

12:30 PM – BATTLE OF BROOKLYN PARADE: Grab a Revolutionary regiment 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.

1:15 PM – COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY: Honor the spirit and heroes of the Battle of Brooklyn at this commemoration on Battle Hill, overlooking New York Harbor.

These events are free, excluding the trolley tour, but please register online.

Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.