The Burning of Kingston is a fun weekend-long commemoration that draws thousands of visitors to Kingston New York. During the weekend actual historical events from the American Revolutionary War are reenacted at different locations throughout Kingston. The weekend also includes a Colonial Grand Ball, event exhibits, cemetery ghost tour, Redcoat and Militia camp tours, demonstrations, and more. All listed events are free to the public unless specifically noted.

The next Burning of Kingston will be October 18, 19 and 20 of 2019

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On October 18, 19 and 20th 2019, various re-enactments will take place throughout Kingston, recreating scenes that happened 240 years ago during the American Revolutionary War. Open and free to the public, visitors may witness street battles, view British military camps, exhibits and historical recreations, tour original colonial-era stone houses, and dance at a costume ball. There is also the charming City of Kingston to enjoy which offers numerous museums, restaurants, art galleries, shopping, live music and recreation

In addition to re-enactors and local volunteers, visitors are encouraged to join in on the fun by dressing in colonial costumes while visiting. And lastly, visitors that weekend should be sure to bring their "Loyalty Papers" or the Redcoats may detain you….! Kingston – Historic is just our beginning!

Volunteers & Reenactors

Do you enjoy meeting new people? History? Theater? Community? We are looking for volunteers to help, including re-enactors, information guides, security, and logistics for the Burning of Kingston.

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"…We proceeded up the river destroying a number of vessels as we sailed along without stopping until we arrived at Ezopus Creek, where we found two batteries; one of two guns the other of three guns erected, and an armed galley at the mouth of the creek…It was determined to land and destroy them…"
- Jas. Wallace to Commodore Hotham, Oct. 17, 1777

"….at 1/2 past 10 a.m., the Rebles begun to Cannonade us from their Battery at the mouth of Esopas Creek fired 9 twenty four pounder round shot at the Battery and Reble Galley that were playing on us…."
- 'Dependence' Ship Log

"Sir, I had the Honor of proceeding by your Order with the Troops under my Command on the 15th inst. And destroyed all the Enemy's Vessels and Houses til our Arrival off Esopus on the 17th, and upon my Reconnoitering the Rebel Situation there, I perceived a Battery of 5 Pieces more…."
- Gen. Vaughan to Sir Henry Clinton