Upcoming Event – Independence Day – July 4th, 2023 – Washington Park – Cincinnati


4th of July Celebration Coming in Downtown Cincinnati

 Washington Park – across from Music Hall

In three years the United States of America will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

SAR 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution

In preparation of this notable occasion the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) will begin to honor 54 Patriots of the Revolutionary War who were buried in Hamilton County, very likely in downtown Cincinnati where Washington Park is now located.

A view of Washington Park with Memorial Hall to left and Music Hall center

3CDC, who operates Memorial Hall on Elm Street and helps to coordinate activities in the Park just across the street from the hall, is hosting this July 4th Ceremony.

Memorial Hall – next to Music Hall and across the street from Washington Park

There is a 8′ x 12′ bronze plaque listing 200 names of Revolutionary War Patriots who are buried in Hamilton County Ohio.  The ceremony will bring honor to the first five of the patriots whose names are listed on the plaque.

Plaque which names 200 Revolutionary War Patriots buried in the Hamilton County area

This ceremony will begin in the Memorial Hall and continue at the Grey Granite Marker placed by CCSAR in Washington Park.

This event will take place starting at 2:00 PM on  Tuesday July 4th 2023.


Washington Park is 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  

Memorial Hall is 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Parking – a Google Map link is provided showing “P” for Parking.  General Parking for the Music Hall events is the “Town Center Garage” across Central Parkway behind Memorial Hall and Music Hall.

Google Map to Memorial Hall, Washington Park and Town Center Garage

Please note that there are two parts to this event. 

Memorial Hall – the smaller Memorial Hall – Parkview Room event has limited seating so there will be free limited ticketing (60 seats) due to size of the Parkview Room.

“Heads Up: Access to the Memorial Hall ceremony limited to the first 60 guests.”

Washington Park – this is an outside event, advance tickets not needed.  All are welcome to attend and participate.


History tells us that there are 496 Revolutionary War patriots buried in Hamilton County, Ohio.  They all served in the Revolutionary War and gave great sacrifice to establish the new country to be known as the United States of America.

Two-Hundred of those patriots are named in Memorial Hall.  With progress and development almost 150 years ago there was a decision to close the cemeteries that were located in the present day Washington Park.  Some of the deceased were re-interred elsewhere, however many unknown graves were abandoned in this location.

The CCSAR intends to recognize for the first time those Patriots with a ceremony and then entering the location of their remains into the National Registry of the Sons of the American Revolution.

SAR Plaque in South Washington Park

We hereby welcome visitors and community members to attend and join us in this effort.

We will honor five patriots at this event.  We will have ongoing events between now and the 250th anniversary ceremony to be held in 2026 to honor the the anniversary of the start of the Revolutionary War.

SAR Color Guard and Grave Marking team

At the event on July 4th, 2023, we will honor the following Patriots:

John Bartle (1743-1839) who served with NY as a Capt.

John Cavender (1760-1837)  “     “       “   Maryland Militia.

Jesse Downs (1764-1826)        “     “       “  Mass. Regiments

William Grant (1751-1827)       “     “       “  Morgan’s VA Troops.

Joseph Halsey, Jr. (1751-1796)       “       “  NJ as  a Sergeant.

SAR Musket Salute to Fallen Patriots

We welcome all SAR Chapters, all Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution to participate.

Community members with an interest in history, or simply the curious are certainly welcome to attend this events.

Please let the memories of these and all patriots be remembered.  That is their legacy, what they sacrificed for a cause for independence, for free speech, for a new form of self government where the people decided how they should live and interact.

Welcome All!  Lets not forget!

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