This museum, a branch of the Smithsonian, celebrates Native Peoples from the North Pole to the South Pole, and in between. Visit these two exhibits FREE on July 4th:
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military, including the celebrated Code Talkers of WWII.
Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.
The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
This exhibition is being shown concurrently in venues across the country.
Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean explores the historical and social legacies thrughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands and their U.S. diasporas, including increasing numbers, individuals, families, and organizations affirming their Native ancestry and identifying themselves as Taíno.
Over the past thirty years, a diverse Taíno movement has taken form. This movement challenges the prevalent belief that Native peoples became extinct shortly after European colonization in the Greater Antilles. It is spurring a regeneration of Indigenous identity within the racially mixed and culturally blended societies of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, as well as other areas of the Caribbean.
- Open to 5pm on July 4th
- Part of the Smithsonian, with FREE admission year-round
Recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and designated as a National Monument in 1924.
Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
A new museum opened earlier this year, with three levels of exhibit space, including showcasing the statue’s original torch, replaced 30 years ago, and a terrace with spectacular views of the New York City skyline..
- Open 8am to 8:30pm on July 4th (last boat to Manhattan is 8:45pm)
- FREE tours by National Park Rangers
- Tickets required. Save time by purchasing online. Allow time to pass through security.
- Note to NYC visitors – The Staten Island Ferry does NOT go to the Statue of Liberty.
NYC Museums open July 4th was first published in 2015 and is updated annually.