Join us on New Year’s Day for the 242nd raising of the Grand Union Flag on Prospect Hill — a fun family event that brings to life Somerville’s central role in the Revolutionary War.
The ceremony commemorates January 1, 1776, when, during the Siege of Boston, Gen. George Washington raised the Grand Union Flag on Prospect Hill. It is thought to be the first official flag of the United States.
Somerville remembers this event every New Year’s Day with a Washington re-enactor on horseback, uniformed members of His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot and participants from Charlestown and Rhode Island historical militias. Attendees — kids and adults — are encouraged to dress up in Colonial-era clothing.
The event kicks off from City Hall Concourse, 93 Highland Ave., at 11:30