New Jersey Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Is Your Day, New Jersey

A Patriotic Salute to New Jersey!

The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced with 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.


New Jersey was featured on March 25. 



Welcoming Ceremony              11:00 a.m.

Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater


We honored the State of New Jersey and salute its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was  adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.



Education Center Classrooms


Classroom                                                                      1:00 p.m.

Noreen Bodman, Historian & Executive Director, Crossroads of the American Revolution

“An Overview: New Jersey during the American Revolution”



Classroom                                                                                                 1:45 p.m.

Larry Kidder and Roger Williams, Historians, Old Barracks Museum, Trenton

“Ten Crucial Days: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton”



Classroom                                                                              2:30 p.m.

Eric Olsen, Historian & Park Ranger,  Morristown National Historic Site

“Joseph Plumb Martin recollections of the Revolution”



Classroom                                                                           3:15 p.m.

Michael Timpanaro, Historian & Park Ranger, Monmouth Battlefield State Park

“The Battle of Monmouth”



Classroom                                                                                  4:00 p.m.

Noreen Bodman

“Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution”



Evening Speaker –                                                            7:00 p.m.

Robert Selig, PhD., Historian

“The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail”



New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Story
Initially inhabited by the Lenape Native American tribal nation for over 2,800 years, New Jersey was first settled by Europeans with the Dutch and the Swedes arriving in the early 1600’s. The English later seized control of the region and named it Province of New Jersey. During the American Revolution, New Jersey was an important crossroads where numerous battles were fought such as
Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth. The Continental Army spent three difficult winters encamped at Morristown in the Watchung Mountains, and later in August 1781 the French and Continental armies marched across New Jersey toward Yorktown and victory. New Jersey had five signers of the Declaration of Independence and four signers of the U.S. Constitution. New Jersey was the third state to ratify on December 18, 1787.


Find New Jersey trip planning tools on, where you can discover information about Revolutionary War sites.




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