Celebrating the 4th

Statue of Liberty, photo by ER Daly

While July 4th fills one’s head with visions of fireworks, since those don’t happen until the evening, if you’re spending the day in town, it might be a good opportunity to explore some of NYC’s history, which is very bound up with that of the United States.  Each of the five boroughs has its own historical society;  three of them will be open that day:

New York Historical Society  170 Central Park West (77th St)

Queens Historical Society  143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11354

Historic Richmond Town   441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

Native Americans have played important, if under-appreciated roles in all the wars the U.S. has fought, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.  Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces , a special week-long exhibit explores their contributions.  June 29th – July 6th, National Museum of the American Indian,  One Bowling Green

July 4th fireworks from the Brooklyn Bridge, photo by ER Daly

If you want to catch the Macy’s fireworks, they’ll be displaying along the East River from 23rd Street to 59th Street.  Find more information on times and viewing sites here  


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