JERSEY CITY AND BEYOND – The commemoration of the Battle of Paulus Hook -- which originally took place on August 19, 1779 -- will happen on Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the Korean War Memorial, located at the corner of Washington and Dudley streets in downtown Jersey City, this Thursday.
The commemoration marks the 231st year of Revolutionary War hero Light Horse Harry Lee’s night assault on the British-held fort, a site located in the Paulus Hook neighborhood. This area is considered hallowed ground by historians, as the battle demonstrated to the British Army, located in Manhattan, that the Americans could operate and attack at will.
The celebrants will follow a fife and drum corps, marching up Washington Street in what is now called the Historic Paulus Hook District, to the Four-Corner Park at Washington & Grand Streets.
At the park, the celebration continues with patriotic singing, a talk about the Battle of Paulus Hook, a short speech by Jersey City officials, and a scavenger hunt marking the way through history to the Light Horse Tavern (corner of Washington & Morris streets), where everyone can participate in a toast to battle commander Major Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and enjoy some wonderful appetizers. - RK