Friends of monmouth Battlefield

The Annual Battle of Monmouth reenactment will be held on June 16-17, 2018, and the Annual Commemoration weekend will be held on June 23-24, 2018

Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth

ReenactmentEach year the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield co-sponsors, with the DEP, State of New Jersey, an annual reenactment of the battle. The event is usually held on a weekend towards the end of June, in commemoration of the anniversary of the battle being fought on June 28, 1778. Hundreds of troops encamp at the park and recreate scenarios of the battle over the weekend. There are also numerous presentations and lectures, tours of the camps, and sutler area open to the public. A suggested donation of $10.00 per car is requested to help cover the cost of the event. A food vendor will be on site and handicapped parking is available.

Reenactment1Bring your family to the Battlefield Saturday or Sunday, June 17-18, 2017, and travel back in time to the 1770s.  Two armies will be preparing to do battle.  Continental Army soldiers retrained at Valley Forge are itching to show off their new skills, while a British-German-Loyalist Army hopes to crush the rebels and restore good government.  Come early for a full day of living history.  The army encampments will welcome visitors beginning at 9 A.M.  Watch soldiers clean their muskets while their women prepare what may be their men’s last meal.  Some officers may be drilling their men while others plan for the battle and yet others play cards.  If someone is accused of cheating, there may be a duel.  Keep track of your children or they may be drafted into one of the armies.

The weekend is sponsored by the re-enactment community, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will be requesting an $10 per vehicle donation to defray the costs of the weekend.

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Young Loyalists launch a bayonet charge (2005, Garry Wheeler Stone)
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Let the fife & drum stir your blood. (2003, Richard Wilbur)

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A Continental platoon fires a volley.  (2003,Michael F. Smith)

Schedule of Events for the Commemoration of the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth June 16-17, 2018

ALL EVENTS HELD (OR START AT) THE VISITOR CENTER unless otherwise listed

Saturday, June 16

9:00 AM

Camps open to public

10:00 AM

Arrival of troops marching to the Battlefield

10:30 AM

Skirmish near main parking area

11:00 AM

Officers’ espatoon and sword drill (at Steuben statue near Visitor center)

11:30 AM

Artillery drill (on hillside below Visitor Center)

12 noon

Cavalry demonstration (on hillside below Visitor Center)

12 noon

SAR memorial service (at flagpole near Visitor Center)

12:30 PM

Children’s musket drill (at flagpole near Visitor Center)

1:00 PM

Over Here Molly Pitcher Program (Amphitheater in Visitor Center)

1:45 PM

Children’s cannon drill (plaza outside Visitor Center)

2:30 -3:15

Battle reenactment (battle area on hillside below Visitor Center)

5:00 PM

Camps close to public

Sunday, June 17

9:00 AM

Camps open to public

10:30 AM

Skirmish (battle area on hillside below Visitor Center)

11:30 AM

Cavalry demonstration (on hillside below Visitor Center)

12:00 noon

Memorial service (parking lot side of Visitor Center)

12:15 PM

Over Here Molly Pitcher Program (Amphitheater in Visitor Center)

12:30 PM

Children’s musket drill (at flagpole near Visitor Center)

1:00 PM

Children’s cannon drill (plaza outside Visitor Center)

1:30-2:15 

Battle reenactment (battle area on hillside below Visitor Center)

3:00 PM

Camps close to public, Sutlers remain open


FOR EMERGENCY DIAL 911 or 877-WARNDEP (877-917-6337)
No alcohol is allowed in the Park. Metal detecting is specifically prohibited.
$10 per vehicle donation is requested to help defray costs of running the event.
Food vendor is located immediately east of Visitor Center

 

 


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