August 22-30, 2015
A week of events and activities commemorating the opening chapter in America’s drive for independence.
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
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.org.
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) firstname.lastname@example.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.
Saturday, August 29, Noon-2 pm
Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony
Music, Color Guard & Salute & A Reading of the Names
Old Stone House & Washington Park
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.
Sunday, August 30
Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at The Green-Wood Cemetery
5th Avenue at 25th Street
(718) 768-7300 for reservations and more information
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