• Castle Clinton National Monument

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Castle Clinton's 200th Anniversary Celebration

November 25, 2011 marked the 200th anniversary of the commissioning of Manhattan Island's Southwest Battery which was later renamed Castle Clinton National Monument. It originally served to defend New York Harbor during the War of 1812.

The National Park Service held a daylong celebration of this event that featured cannon firing, a flag raising, costumed reenactors, historical talks, and a Junior Ranger program for the children which included marching and musket drills, as well as a talk about how cannons work.

To read the press release, click here.

Below are photos of Castle Clinton's 200th Anniversary Celebration.
Flag raising at Castle Clinton.
Flag raising ceremony on the parade ground at Castle Clinton N.M.
Cannon firing outside Castle Clinton.
Cannon firing in Battery Park, outside Castle Clinton N.M.
Children take part in musket drill.
Children take part in a musket drill as part of the Junior Ranger program.
A ranger describes the workings of a cannon.
A ranger dressed as an 1812 artillery soldier explains the workings of a cannon.
A ranger dressed as a privateer answers the questions of eager children.
A ranger dressed as a privateer answers the questions of eager children.

Did You Know?

New York City Aquarium

For nearly 50 years Castle Clinton was home to the New York City Aquarium. The aquarium was designed by the famous New York architectural firm of Mckim, Meed and White.