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  |   June 30, 2012  |  Comment

July 4th is America’s 236th birthday, but it is also  Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site’s 162nd birthday. We’re  celebrating it in true red, white and blue fashion. The historic Hasbrouck House was used by General and Mrs. Washington during the final months of the Revolutionary War. The state of New York acquired the property and opened it as a historic site on July 4, 1850, making it the “First In The Nation.”

This Grand Celebration gets under way at 12:00 PM with a magic show by Melody “The Amazing Meldini” Newcombe. An encore performance will take place at 1:15 PM as well. In between, children can strut their patriotic stuff by dressing up in red, white and blue for our 1:00 PM Grand Birthday Parade.

Free tours of General Washington’s Headquarters will be given, compliments of Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo. Tours will take place every half-hour from 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM. When you enter General Washington’s Newburgh-based headquarters, you’ll be stepping back in time. Touch history as you retrace his footsteps by walking on the same wooden floors as the General did.  Experience the ambiance of a house rich in historic significance for this community and country.

The Grand Illumination, the City of Newburgh’s fireworks, takes place in the evening. Washington’s Headquarters offers a perfect spot for viewing, just bring a chair or blanket. Call 845-562-1195 for directions and further details.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark.  It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District.  The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 29 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.  For further information contact: (845) 562-1195, and the GPS address is 84 Liberty Street.  For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks. com.


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