Sunday, August 11, 2013


Annual Commemoration of  the Battle of Brooklyn
Sunday, August 25th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Commemorate the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with a  day of family-friendly events in Green-wood Cemetery, including a parade, a trolley tour ($), horse rides, a weapons demonstration by Revolutionary War re-enactors, period cooking, and more.

Fought across Brooklyn on August 27, 1776--including on land that Green-Wood Cemetery is now on--it was the largest battle of the American Revolution and the first one waged after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

10:00 a.m.: Trolley tour of Green-Wood and Revolutionary War-related sites, led by author and historian Barnet Schecter and Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman. Reservations are necessary.

11:00 a.m.: Living history programming with drills, weapon firing, games, and historic personalities, featuring re-enactors from Continental Line regiments. 18th Century food and drink is available for purchase at the Commissary.

12:30 p.m.: Re-enactors will demonstrate Revolutionary War weaponry.

1:30 p.m.: A parade will walk from Green-Wood’s Main Gate to Battle Hill.

2:00 p.m.: A commemorative ceremony will include the unveiling of new signs. 

All events are free, except for the trolley tour. That costs $25 for Green-Wood Historic Fund and Brooklyn Historical Society members and $30 for non-members.

To make online reservations for the trolley tour or to get more information, visit or call (718) 210-3080. Making reservations for the trolley tour is recommended because it usually sells out quickly. Walk-ups will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Historic Green-Wood Cemetery
25th Street at 5th Avenue


Subway directions: From the Atlantic/ Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn, take the R train to 25th Street. Service on the R train between Manhattan and Brooklyn is suspended until October 2014. Walk east one block to Green-Wood Cemetery at 5th Avenue and 25th Street.