Battle of Princeton

Battle of Princeton lithograph by D. McClellan Bruckner, 1853. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Battle of Brandywine

American Revolution 240th Celebrations

Special celebrations will be held in 2017 to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the various battles of the American Revolution. The plans for these are still ongoing, although some in the winter months and spring are starting to take shape. Check below for the events that are already on the calendar or contact your local park to see if there's a special event there. We'll strive to keep you up to date when announcements come into focus. Throughout 2017, the American Revolution will be celebrated for that two hundreds and forty years of United States history from Princeton to Valley Forge, many in state parks. Take the time to visit this history at anniversary events of living history and battle walks at the places where they happened.

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  • American Revolution 240th Anniversary Events -
    January to April

    January 2, 1777 - Second Battle of Trenton
    Celebration Dates/Times: December 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Old Barracks Museum, Trenton, New Jersey.
    Event: Two reenactments on the 1st Battle of Trenton and Second Battle of Trenton plus other Patriot Week festivities from December 26 to December 31.

    January 3, 1777 - Battle of Princeton
    Celebration Dates/Times: January 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Princeton Historical Society, Updike Farm, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.
    Event: Talk by Larry Kidder on "Retreat Through the Jerseys: Prelude to the Battle of Princeton."

    Celebration Dates/Times: January 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540.
    Event: "The Ravages of Princeton" Living history activities throughout the day, starting at 10:00 a.m. with the British regiment forming, harrassing citizens, and culminating with luminaries and talk at the battlefield monument at 6:00 p.m.

    Celebration Dates/Times: January 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: The Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.
    Event: Peale's Company Muster drill, trades, and discussion before heading off to Princeton in midnight march to walk to battlefield and arrive at same time as soldiers in 1777.

    Celebration Dates/Times: January 8, 2017, 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    Location: Meet at the Clarke House, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08648.
    Event: REAL TIME BATTLE TOUR. Experience the battle minute by minute with British War historian William P. Tatum III, reeanactors from the British 17th Regiment and Peale's Company marching from Princeton. Events are free, $10 donation suggested.

    April 13, 1777 - Battle of Bound Brook, New Jersey
    Celebration Dates/Times: Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - 2017.
    Location: Abraham Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, New Jersey 08880.
    Event: Living History event. Marching, drilling, street battle reenactments. 18th Century Soldier's Encampment. Historic Abraham Staats House Tours. April 9, 1:00 p.m. presentation "The Partisan War - January to June 1777". Visit Staats House for more details.

    April 27, 1777 - Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticutt
    Celebration Dates/Times: April 28-29, 2017.
    Location: Ballard Park and Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield, Connecticutt.
    Event: Reenactment and Living History event. Witness the British march from Danbury to Ridgefield. Skirmishes, living history.

    April 28 - Lecture 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church.

    April 29 - American Encampment, Keeler Tavern 9:00 a.m.
    British Encampment, Ballard Park 9:00 a.m.
    Meet Benedict Arnold and Sybal Ludington, Keeler Tavern Museum 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Walking Tours, Ridgefield Historical Society, the Plaque, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 3:00, 4:00.
    Colonial Music, Ridgefield Library, 10:30 a.m.
    Field Hospital, Ridgefield History Society, Sunset Lane, 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
    Speech and Parade (Main Street Closed), 11:00 a.m.
    Battle Reenactment, Main Street, 12:00 p.m.
    Honoring the Veterans, Jerusalem 49, 12:00 p.m.
    Black Tie Gala, 6:00 p.m.

    Visit Battle of Ridgefield for more details.

  • American Revolution 240th Anniversary Events -
    May to August

    June 26, 1777 - Battle of Metuchen Meetinghouse (Short Hills), New Jersey
    Celebration Dates/Times: June 23, 12:00 p.m. to June 25, 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark, NJ 07066.
    Event: Reenactment and Living History. Details to come. For more information, check Short Hills 2017 Facebook Page.

    July 7, 1777 - Battle of Hubbardton, Vermont
    Celebration Dates/Times: July 7-9, 2017, plans not yet firm.
    Location: Hubbardton Battlefield. 5696 Monument Hill Road Castleton, VT 05735 United States.
    Event: Living history and battle maneuvers. Not available. Visit Hubbardton Battlefield for more details when available.

    August 2-22, 1777 - Siege of Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler), New York
    Celebration Dates/Times: Not available.
    Location: Not available.
    Event: Check back to the page of Fort Stanwix National Monument for event dates.Not available.

    August 6, 1777 - Battle of Oriskany, New York
    Celebration Dates/Times: Not available.
    Location: Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site, 7801 New York 69, Oriskany, NY 13424.
    Event: Details forthcoming. For more information, check Oriskany Battlefield State Park.

    August 16, 1777 - Battle of Bennington, Vermont.
    Celebration Dates/Times: August 16, 2017.
    Location: Bennington Monument and Battlefield Historic Site, 15 Monument Circle, Old Bennington, VT 05201.
    Event: Bennington Battle Day. Tours and reenactments. For more details, check the event page at Bennington Monument State Park when available.

    August 22, 1777 - Battle of Staten Island, New York
    Celebration Dates/Times: Not available.
    Location: Not available.
    Event: Not available.

  • American Revolution 240th Anniversary Events -
    September to December

    September 11, 1777 - Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania
    Celebration Dates/Times: September 9, 2017.
    Location: Brandywine Battlefield, Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
    Event: Remembrance Day. Details upcoming at Brandywine Battlefield.

    Celebration Dates/Times: September 16-17, 2017.
    Location: Sandy Hollow Battlefield, New Street and Birmingham Road, Birmingham Township, Pennsylvania.
    Event: Battle of Brandywine Reenactment. Two day reenactment and living history.

    September 16 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Battle Reenactment on Actual Battlefield, Living History, Authors, Crafts, and Sutlers.

    September 17 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Battle Reenactment on Actual Battlefield, Living History, Authors, Crafts, and Sutlers.

    Schedule upcoming at Brandywine 2017.

    September 16, 1777 - Battle of the Clouds, Malvern, Pennsylvania
    Celebration Dates/Times: Not available.
    Location: Not available.
    Event: Not available.

    September 19, 1777 - Battle of Saratoga (Freeman's Farm), New York
    Celebration Dates/Times: September 16-17, 2017.
    Location: Saratoga Battlefield, 648 State Route 32, Stillwater, NY 12170.
    Event: Camp Now or Never. 9/16 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 9/17 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Camps, guided tours, reenactments.
    September 17 - Wreath laying, 2:00 p.m.

    For more details, go to Saratoga NHS Events

    September 20-21, 1777 - Paoli Massacre, Pennsylvania.
    Celebration Dates/Times: September 23, 2017.
    Location: Paoli Battlefield, Monument Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania.
    Event: Reenactments, exhibits, and living history.

    October 4, 1777 - Battle of Germantown, Pennsylvania
    Celebration Dates/Times: Not yet available.
    Location: Cliveden Mansion, 6401 Germantown Ave., Germantown, Pennsylvania 19144.
    Event: Revolutionary Germantown Festival. Tours, living history, for more details, visit Germantown Festival

    October 6, 1777 - Battles of Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery, New York
    Celebration Dates/Times: Not available.
    Location: Bear Mountain State Park, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. Fort Montgomery State Historic Site 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922.
    Event: Twin Forts Day, October 7, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fort Montgomery. For more information, Saratoga NHS Events

    October 7, 1777 - Battle of Red Bank, New Jersey
    Celebration Dates/Times: October 22, 2017. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Ave, National Park, NJ 08063.
    Event: 18th Century Field Day and Jonas Cattel Run. Whitehall house tours, living history. For more info, see Friends of Red Bank.

    September 26 to November 15, 1777 - Siege of Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
    Celebration Dates/Times: November 11-12. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Fort Mifflin State Park, 6400 Hog Island Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153.
    Event: Siege Weekend. Four battles tell story of greatest bombardment of American Revolution.

    December 5-8, 1777 - Battle of White Marsh, Pennsylvania
    Celebration Dates/Times: November 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Historic Hope Lodge, 553 S. Bethlehem Pike Fort Washington, PA 19034. Fort Washington State Park is actually location of battle.
    Event: Reenactment, living history. For more info, see Historic Hope Lodge.

    December 19, 1777 - Valley Forge Encampment.
    Celebration Dates/Times: December 19, 2017.
    Location: Valley Forge National Historical Park.
    Event: Annual march in ceremony and reenactment. Details not yet available.

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