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
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA!!!