Experience living history on Constitution Island!

Each year, the Constitution Island Association and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area honor West Point’s Constitution Island's role in the American Revolution and the Civil War by hosting Reenactment Day -- a family friendly event showcasing the lifestyles of the people who lived and fought during these pivotal periods in American history.  Re-enactors from both wars perform tactical weapon demonstrations, inspections & formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, camp life recreations and military drills. West Point cadets from the Black Knights Drill Team perform tandem team performances, and members of the West Point Band play period-based military music. Attendees can also enjoy the tall tales of Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, play provided games, and can enjoy a full complement of refreshments and drinks, or a packed picnic lunch on the historic Revolutionary Parade Field.

Bring your friends and family.  The event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.


Upcoming Date:

August 27th, 2016 - view flyer

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, August 27, 2016


Children’s 18th century games will be available on the lawn over the course of the day.

Docents will discuss the Warner House & Gardens & lead tours to some of the American Revolutionary fortifications.


10:00 A.M.                   Site open to public; 18th and 19th century soldiers’ camp and military activities all day;

                                      formations, inspection, and drill in camps


10:30 A.M.                   American Revolutionary & Civil War Cannon Demonstration with infantry support

                                      (Point near flag pole and Marine Battery)


11:00-11:15 A.M.        Demonstration by the Hellcats, West Point Band


11:15-11:30                 Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team


11:30 A.M.                   American Revolution & Civil War Infantry & Artillery Drill & Firing Demonstrations on lawn


NOONING (lunch)      Fortifications tour for public


12:30 P.M.                    American Revolutionary Music


12:45 P.M.                    Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk


1:15 P.M.                      Demonstration by the Hellcats, West Point Band


1:30 P.M.                      Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team


1:45 PM                        Revolutionary & Civil War Cannon, Music, & Infantry Demonstrations


2:15 P.M.                      Meet President and Mrs. Lincoln


2:45 P.M.                      Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team


3:00 P.M.                      Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk


3:30 P.M.                      American Revolutionary Tactical Weapons Demonstration


4:00 P.M.                      Retreat


4:30 P.M.                      Last van for public departs Constitution Island


4:45 P.M.                      Last boat for public departs Constitution Island to West Point South Dock

*Photos of the event, including guests, will be taken for the Association website and other related publications.
Suggested Donations:
Adults: $10.00 each | School Groups: $7.50 each  |  Seniors: $9.00 each
Ages 6-16: $9:00 each (under 6 are free)  |  Cadets, active duty military and DOD personnel: Free.
Please bring photo ID - driver’s license or passport
(16 and over)

Cold Spring Metro-North Train Station  - free parking

For those coming from the east side of the Hudson River, buses will be running to and from Constitution Island from 9:30am through the last scheduled departure at 4:30 pm.  The buses will be waiting at the gate at the south end of the parking lot. 

West Point's South Dock - free parking

For those coming from the west side of the Hudson River, a boat will leave West Point’s South Dock every half hour from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  At West Point, follow signs to the visitors center and "West Point - South Gate".  Proceed through the security checkpoint.  Just beyond the gate, pass the Thayer Hotel on the right and then turn right onto "Williams Road".  At the bottom of the hill is the Hudson River and South Dock.

*Per the schedule below, the last boat will depart Constitution Island at 4:45 pm - no boats from Garrison Landing this year


From Constitution Island to West Point South Dock


   9:45 am             10:15 am           10:45 am           11:15 am           11:45 am

   12:15 pm           12:45 pm           1:15 pm             1:45 pm             2:15 pm

   2:45 pm              3:15 pm             3:45 pm             4:15 pm             4:45 pm

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is a Sponsor of this event.

The United States Military Academy (USMA) and United States Army Garrison (USAG) West Point are not co-sponsors of this event and the use of Constitution Island does not constitute endorsement of the Constitution Island Association or its requests for donations.

Past Dates:

Reenactment Day: August 29th, 2015 - view flyer

© 2020 Constitution Island Association

Founded in 1916, the Constitution Island Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization accepting tax deductible contributions to maintain the gardens, family archives and contents of the Warner house on Constitution Island.

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