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Greenwich Rings Bells To Greet 375th Anniversary Year

Greenwich Town Hall
Greenwich Town Hall Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. --  The town of Greenwich will be celebrating the 375th anniversary of its founding in 1640 and will be planning a wide variety of events throughout the year.

The activities will commemorate the heritage of Greenwich and simultaneously add to its historical legacy.

To herald the beginning of the 375th Anniversary, bells in steeples will ring throughout Greenwich at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the town will rededicate Putnam Hill Park by installing a new memorial that depicts Gen. Israel Putnam's escape from invading British forces during the Revolutionary War battle for Greenwich in February 1779.

The Daughters of the American Revolution will provide a re-enactment featuring Putnam on his horse together with tours of Putnam Cottage. A Revolutionary War program and reception will be held at The Loft at Christ Church. The original dedication of the town’s Putnam Hill Park took place during the state of Connecticut’s tercentenary in 1935. (See below for illustration.)

During the summer, a series of walking, bicycle and minibus Neighborhood History Tours will be held throughout Greenwich. The town’s annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks displays at Binney Park and Greenwich Point will celebrate the 375th anniversary and presage a Founders Day Celebration planned for July 18, 2015.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, a 375th anniversary parade will be held featuring marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, antique cars, vintage and modern firetrucks, local Scout troops, local schools and other Greenwich organizations that will march from the steps of Town Hall and continue down Greenwich Avenue.

The parade will conclude with a Greenwich 375th anniversary ceremony featuring a 50-by-100-foot flag of the United States.

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