May the Fourth be with you!
There’s lots to do in NYC on July 4th before heading to the East River for the annual Macy’s fireworks spectacular, or to Coney Island for the annual fireworks on the beach.
Most NYC museums are open on Thursday, July 4th, and not likely to be crowded, so you can enjoy some exceptional current special exhibits.
Here are ten NYC museums well worth a visit any time, especially on July 4th
The price of freedom is high.
George Washington hosted a goodbye dinner for his Revolutionary War officers at Fraunces Tavern, before taking the oath of office a few block away as first President of the new United States.
So Fraunces Tavern Museum is an ideal place to visit on the 4th of July, Independence Day. Celebrate with special $1 admission all day, Noon to 5pm
Plus, its location steps from South Ferry makes it easy to visit whether you are headed afterward to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on the East River, or heading west to watch the fireworks on the Hudson River from Jersey City.
- Fraunces Tavern is at 54 Pearl St.
- The museum is upstairs. The restaurant downstairs is serving lunch and dinner.
New York Historical Society launches its Revolutoinary Summer of events on July 4th with FREE admission for ages 17 and under.
Experience the world of George Washington and the soldiers who fought for independence. Explore George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, meet the man himself, and experience daily life in the Continental Army with staff from the Museum of the American Revoluton.
Also on tap are singalongs with the Hudson River Ramblers, fife and drum corps music, and Living Historians, including John Adams, who reads from the Declaration of Independence.
This is the first of a series of events that include a Revolutionary War trivia night, Tea Party, Scavenger Hunt and more, including the the chance to view the world famous portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, part of the NYHS collection of historic artifacts.
- New York Historical Society is at 77th St. and Central Park West.