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.
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