The Tea Burner 5K Run and 1 Mile Run/Walk is named for the 1774
tea burning by the citizens of historic Greenwich, Cumberland
County, NJ in an act of defiance against tea taxation. On the night
of December 22, 1774, the patriots of Greenwich revolted against
the British Tea Tax. More than 40 citizens of Greenwich and a few
neighboring towns gathered together at the house of Richard
Howell, rode four miles to the house of Philip Vickers Fithian, and
dressed up as Native Americans. From there, they broke into the
house of Daniel Bowen where a shipment of tea was being held.
The patriots removed the tea from Daniel Bowen's cellar and burned
it in Market Square. Greenwich is one of the five tea tax rebellion
towns in America, the others being Charleston, Annapolis,
Princeton, and Boston.