The Green-Wood Historic Fund will commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn with a day of living history
and family-friendly events. Fought on August 27, 1776 across Brooklyn, including land that is now part of Green-Wood Cemetery, it was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In terms of the total number of British and American troops poised and ready to fight, this was the largest battle of the Revolution.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
• 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Trolley tour of Green-Wood’s Revolutionary War-related sites led by author and historian Barnet Schecter and Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman. The fee for the trolley tour is $30; $25 for Green-Wood Historic Fund and Brooklyn Historical Society members. Reservations are strongly recommended.
• 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Living history programming on Green-Wood’s meadow, including drills, weapons demonstrations, and re-enactors from Continental Line regiments as well as historic figures. 18th-century cooking and other demonstrations will bring colonial America to life.
• 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Battle of Brooklyn Parade from Green-Wood’s Main Gate to Battle Hill led by The Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Along the parade route will be nearly 100 replicas of Revolutionary War flags which attendees are invited to carry to Battle Hill.
• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration Ceremony atop Battle Hill – the highest natural point in Brooklyn – with views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and the Manhattan skyline.