Battle Week: 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn

From August 22 to 30, 2015,  a week of events and activities commemorating the 238th anniversary of America's drive for independence as BATTLE WEEK returns to historic sites around Brooklyn.

Battle Week: 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights
Cobble Hill
Gowanus
Park Slope
Beyond South Brooklyn

From August 22 to 30, 2015,  a week of events and activities commemorating the 238th anniversary of America's drive for independence as BATTLE WEEK returns to historic sites around Brooklyn.

The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Heights, 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!

Learn more by visiting these historic locations throughout Brooklyn, including ceremonies at the Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial Ceremony, Old Stone House, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Evergreens Cemetery, and the Gowanus Canal.

Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 30
Display of 85 Revolutionary War flags and their history.
The Green-Wood Cemetery 5th Avenue at 25th Street, Brooklyn.

Saturday, August 22, 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) 499-7600

Saturday, August 22, 1-4pm
Scavenger Battle!

Team up with family & friends for a day of trivia, gaming and historical fun. Follow "Brooklyn vs. Britain" pop culture clues in an interactive scavenger hunt, play our Battle Ship Memory Match game and have a tea party! The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave (at Carlton Ave). 718-907-5932, www.bldg92.org

Sunday, August 23, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Evergreens Cemetery Walking Tour
Evergreens Cemetery presents a walking tour of its revolutionary war-related sites. Meet at Evergreens Cemetery Main Gate, Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street, Brooklyn.  (718) 455-5300/www.theevergreens.com

Tuesday, August 25, 6 pm & Saturday, August 29, 4 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. Reservations and information:  (718) 768-3195/info@theoldstonehouse.org. Advance tickets are recommended, and are available on-line at  Brown Paper Tickets

Wednesday, August 26, 6 pm
Gowanus Dredgers Estuary Tour

Canoe the Gowanus Canal and learn about the history of this infamous escape route for American soldiers during the Battle of Brooklyn. 2nd Street between Bond and the Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn.  www.gowanuscanal.org


In 1920, Charles M. Higgins, an Irish immigrant (and local history buff) decided to build an altar on Battle Hill to the long-slighted Revolutionary War Battle of Long Island, the first major battle after the Declaration of Independence. He chose to top the monument with a statue of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. Perhaps anticipating that Minerva might get lonely at the top, he made sure she had a friend nearby: Minerva’s waving hand is reciprocated directly 3.5 miles to the West by Lady Liberty’s upraised torch.

Wednesday, August 26, 7 pm
Book Talk:  Robert Furman's  "Brooklyn Heights: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America's First Suburb"

A talk about the Heights' role in the  American Revolution, in particular the importance of RevWar veteran  Nicholas Fish's 1824 senior moment and its impact on the historic narrative regarding the Great Escape.  

Saturday, August 29, Noon-2 pm
Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony

Music, Color Guard & Salute & A Reading of the Names
Old Stone House & Washington Park (718) 768-3195/www.theoldstonehouse.org

Saturday, August 29 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/ http://www.onderdonkhouse.org/Sunday, August 30
Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at The Green-Wood Cemetery

5th Avenue at 25 th Street Brooklyn (718) 768-7300 for reservations and more information
The Green-Wood Cemetery 5th Avenue at 25th Street, Brooklyn.

10:00 am - Noon, Reservations necessary
Greenwood historian Jeff Richman and author Barnet Schecter conduct a trolley tour of the cemetery.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Living History Programming with drills, weapon firing, games and historic personalities. Old fashioned ice cream,shubs and lemonade, and other family activities.
12:30 - 1:15 pm
Re-enactment inside the Main Gate at The Green-wood Cemetery
1:30 pm Parade to the top of Battle Hill
2:00 pm Memorial Ceremony at Battle Hill