Somerville’s 239th Grand Union Flag Raising on Prospect Hill

There’s no better way to ring in the new year than by celebrating history. Join us for the 239th Grand Union Flag Raising on Prospect Hill.

“George Washington” will leave City Hall Friday, New Years Day at 11:30 a.m. on horseback and lead the crowd to Prospect Hill Park for the flag raising.You are all invited to participate, and are encouraged to wear traditional colonial clothing.

Annual celebration of America’s first flag raising to be celebrated by City officials, residents, and “George Washington” on horseback
SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Historic Preservation Commission Director Brandon Wilson announced that the 239th annual “Grand Union” flag-raising ceremony at Prospect Hill Park will be held on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. A processional led by a re-enactor portraying General George Washington on horseback will leave from the City Hall Concourse at 11:30 a.m. As always, members of the public are invited to participate, and are encouraged to wear traditional colonial clothing.
The annual ceremony commemorates the raising of the nation’s first official flag, featuring thirteen red and white horizontal stripes, atop Prospect Hill on New Year’s Day, 1776. At the time, Prospect Hill was a key site in a string of fortifications created by Washington and the Continental Army in their siege of British troops in Boston during the first year of the American Revolution.
The afternoon’s program will include songs, readings, and participants from the Ancient and Honorable Company (first chartered in 1638), as well as the Charlestown militia. This year’s celebrations will once again include His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, who will be representing the British Army and will be bringing a message from King George III. The American Legion Post 19 Honor Guard will lead a military salute as a commemorative flag is raised atop the Prospect Hill Tower.   
Light refreshments will be served, and miniature replicas of the Grand Union Flag, both as a flag and a lapel pin, as well as colonial-era tri corner hats and historic Somerville books commemorating the event will be available for purchase.
Date: Friday, January 1st, 2016, 11:30 AM
Location: Prospect Hill Park
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