The Lower Manhattan Historical Society (the LMHS), in conjunction with the Bowling Green Association, the Sons of the Revolution of the State Of New York, The New York Veteran Corps of Artillery, the Sons of the American Revolution and Culture Now, has announced a set of historical activities in Lower Manhattan for the July 4, 2016 weekend.
July 2: Independence Day Parade in Honor of the Irish.
This activity will begin on Saturday July 2, around 11 am, as an Old Fashioned Independence Day Parade marching through the streets of Lower Manhattan and ending at the flagpoles at Evacuation Day Plaza (Bowling Green.) It will be led by the New York Veteran Corps of Artillery, followed by the Color Guard of the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New York, the Sons of the American Revolution and various other patriotic groups. The theme of the parade this year will be the contribution of the Irish to the City of New York in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion, recently celebrated by the Irish Consulate.
July 3: Alexander Hamilton Immigrant Achievement Award Ceremony.
A new award this year, this award is designed to honor New Yorkers born outside the United States who have made an outstanding contribution to Lower Manhattan And New York City. Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean and came to the United States at the age of 15. When he died in 1804, he had been a key aide to George Washington during the American Revolution and as the Nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury had designed the nation’s financial system and created Wall Street as the City’s financial center. The three recipients of the Award identified so far are: Rick Rescolar, the English born security director of Morgan Stanley who is credited with saving the lives of more than 2600 Morgan Stanley employees in the World Trade Center on 9/11 (award posthumously to be accepted by his wife); Margaret Chin, the Councilwoman from Lower Manhattan, the first Asian American to be elected to the New YorK City Council and a community leader active in rebuilding Chinatown after 9/11, and Matthew Eugene, a New York City Councilman born in Haiti that represents a district in Brooklyn.
July 4: Activities in Lower Manhattan.
Continuing a tradition begun in 2014, the LMHS and allied groups will be coordinating a number of historical activities in Lower Manhattan, including the following:
– An all-night walking tour of Lower Manhattan’s revolutionary history sponsored by the Fraunces Tavern Museum followed by a 7 am wreath laying ceremony on the graves of General Horatio Gates, Alexander Hamilton and Marinus Willett in Trinity Churchyard.
– A 51 gun salute at the Historic Castle Clinton by the New York Veteran Corps of Artillery.
– The National Parks Service will host a day of events at Federal Hall which will include musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and activities for children.
– Fraunces Tavern Museum, which exists to educate the public and create genuine appreciation for New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic, will be open to the public on July 4 for $1 per person.
– An interfaith and interracial ceremony at the John Street Methodist Church commemorating the celebration at the same Church on July 4, 1827 marking the final elimination of slavery in New York State. In addition there will be a part of the program honoring George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport Rhode Island, stating that the United States shall “give to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance” establishing tolerance for Jews and other minorities as the law of the land.
More information can be found here.