Washingtons HQ Celebrating 161 Years as a Historic Site

General and Mrs. Grant

On July 4th , “The Grand Celebration: The Red, White and Blue Pageant” will be the theme for the day, honoring the Headquarters’ birth as the first historic site in the nation, opening on July 4th 1850.

Festivities get under way at 12 noon with greetings and the raising of the flag by special guests, “General and Mrs. Grant.” The Dutchess Community College Student Barbershop Quartet will sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and other appropriate selections.

Next, line up for our parade in the park! Dress up your children in red, white and blue. As you stroll about showing off your costumes, judges will select prize winners. Categories are most creative, most historical, the best red, white and blue decorated stroller and the grand prize for best spirit.

Trivia games will be played in the Museum and the Golden Songsters will sing in the park. Free tours of the Historic Headquarters will be given every half hour.

In commemoration of the event, admission to the site on July 4th will be free, sponsored by Regina Angelo and the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. Call 845-562-1195 for details and directions.