The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, 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 and 18th-century living.
We will be able to shoot parades, cannon fire, horse riders, re-enactments and other living history events and activities with a real feel for life during the American Revolution. Our group will be there with permission from Green-Wood with the understanding that we will tag and share some of the photos we take during our visit.
Register with Green-Wood via Eventbrite Here
Schedule of events:
12:00 PM - Let's meet at the main entrance at 25th St & 5th Ave (Directions below)
12:30 PM – LIFE IN REVOLUTIONARY NEW YORK: Meet soldiers, their horses, and famous colonial Americans. Historic re-enactors will demonstrate everything from revolutionary weapons, to colonial cooking.
1:30 PM – BATTLE OF BROOKLYN PARADE: Grab a 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.
2:00 PM – COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY: Honor the spirit and heroes of the Battle of Brooklyn at this commemoration on Battle Hill, overlooking New York Harbor.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - From the Atlantic/Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn, take the R train going towards Bay Ridge. Exit at the 25th Street station. Walk east one block to Green-Wood at 5th Avenue and 25th Street.
Please note that R train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn is suspended until October 2014. Take an express train from Manhattan to the Atlantic/Barclays Center, where you can transfer to the R train. For more information, please check the MTA.
BY CAR - If you are using GPS: Please enter “25th Street and Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.” Do NOT use “500 25th Street”.
From Lower Manhattan - Take Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and exit at Hamilton Avenue (immediately after toll plaza). Continue on Hamilton Avenue until it becomes Third Avenue and go about eight blocks to 25th Street. Turn left on 25th Street and go two blocks. Cemetery entrance is straight ahead at 5th Avenue and 25th Street.
From Long Island - Take Long Island Expressway west to the 48th Street exit to Brooklyn Queens Expressway south to the Hamilton Avenue exit. Continue on Hamilton Avenue until it becomes Third Avenue and go about eight blocks to 25th Street. Turn left on 25th Street and go two blocks. Cemetery entrance is straight ahead at 5th Avenue and 25th Street.
From Verrazano Narrows Bridge - Take Route 278, Gowanus Expressway to the 38th Street exit. At bottom of ramp, proceed straight one block to 5th Avenue. Turn left at 5th Avenue and continue 13 blocks to 25th Street. Cemetery entrance is on right.