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First Flag Ceremony, First Flag Raising, and Grand Union Flag City Hall Concourse
93 Highland Avenue
Prospect Hill
Somerville, MA
(617) 227-1638
January 1, 2021
Recurring every January 1st
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Price: Free
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Grand Union Flag Raising – First Flag Raising

A Reenactment of the Raising of America’s First Flag

Every New Year’s Day the city of Somerville commemorates an important moment of the American Revolution The First Flag Raising. The event reenacts the one that took place on Prospect Hill on January 1, 1776.

General Washington raised a new American flag on that day over the highest point in the land, Prospect Hill in Somerville. The event starts at Somerville City Hall and proceeds to Prospect Hill. Numerous city officials, the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts based out of Faneuil Hall (Boston), and re-enactors participate in the ceremony and parade.

First Flag Raising Event Information

Date: January 1st
Admission: Free
Start Time: 11:30am
End Time: 12:30pm
Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor
Start Location: City Hall Concourse – 93 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA 02143
End Location: Prospect Hill Somerville, MA
Parking: Public Lots & On-Street Parking
Public Transportation: Bus 90 Davis Sq
Directions Hwy Exit: RT 93 to Fellsway Exit

First Flag Ceremony, First Flag Raising, and Grand Union Flag