Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.

Family Programs

Special Family Event
Independence Day: George Washington's Encampment and more!
Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 10 am - 6 pm

Free Admission for kids age 17 and under
No RSVP required
Recommended for all ages

Join us for Revolutionary Summer's opening day by exploring George Washington's encampment in our outdoor courtyard! Enter the Headquarters Tent, meet the man himself, and experience daily life in the Continental Army.

Courtyard entrance is on West 76th St. 

George Washington's Headquarters Tent | 10 am–6 pm | Courtyard 
Step inside the world of General George Washington as he leads the Continental Army to victory. The centerpiece of Revolutionary Summer, a replica of Washington's Headquarters Tent, is on display in our outdoor courtyard on select weekends this summer. On loan from the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR), the painstakingly detailed, hand-sewn replica was created in a collaboration between MoAR and Colonial Williamsburg. The Tent is staffed by MoAR educators, who lead visitors on a tour through history. Light refreshments are available for cash-only purchase in the Courtyard.

Revolutionary Summer in the Museum | 10 am–6 pm
Take a self-guided tour throughout the galleries with a special Museum map and guide that leads you through our exceptional collection of 18th-century artifacts, art, and documents. Pick up the guide at Membership, Admissions, or the greeter desk in Smith Gallery, 1st floor

Kid’s Scavenger Hunt | 11 am–3 pm
Hunt high and low throughout the Museum for objects like the gilded horse tail torn from a statue of King George III and other treasures from the Revolutionary era. Complete the hunt to enter our raffle for a Liberty the Dog stuffed animal! Pick up the Scavenger Hunt at the greeter desk in Smith Gallery, 1st floor  

Independence Day Crafts | 11 am–3 pm | Smith Gallery, 1st Floor
Create and decorate your own tricorn hat, just like the ones our early presidents wore! Also: Pitch your own mini version of the Headquarters Tent to add to an encampment diorama.


Meet George Washington | 11 am–3 pm | Smith Gallery, 1st Floor
Get acquainted with the General himself, as portrayed by Living Historian Michael Grillo.

Continental Army Regiments | 11 am–3 pm | Courtyard
Explore the life of a Revolutionary War encampment with soldiers from the 2nd & 3rd New Jersey Regiments and 1st Rhode Island Regiment. Drills will take place at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm.

Fife and Drums | 11 am–3 pm | Smith Gallery, 1st Floor, and Courtyard
March along with fife and drum musicians led by Lee Caron. Performances will take place every 30 minutes beginning at 11:15 am.

Hudson River Ramblers | 11 am–3 pm | Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, Lower Level
Sing along to songs of the Revolution. Performances will take place on the half hour, beginning at 11:30 am.

John Adams Reads the Declaration of Independence | Library, 2nd Floor
Join us for a live reading in the Library from our second President, as portrayed by Living Historian Peyton Dixon. Performances at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm.

Family-Friendly Lunch | 11 am–2 pm | Classroom, 2nd Floor
Purchase a classic Fourth of July hot dog and a sweet treat. Vegan options also available. Cash only

A Revolution of Her Own | 12:30 pm | Robert H. Smith Auditorium, 1st Floor
Experience this fascinating theatrical event about the life and times of Deborah Sampson (played by Judith Kalaora), the real-life woman who disguised her gender and fought with distinction in the Revolutionary War.

Free Gallery Tours | 2 pm and 3:30 pm
Join a Docent-led tour of the Museum's collections, including an up-close look at some of our Revolutionary War art and artifacts.

Also: Enjoy our outdoor bar! Cash only for beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, and light snacks. All ages, but ID required to purchase alcohol.   

Living History programming takes place in the courtyard, weather permitting.
In case of severe weather, it might be relocated to Smith Gallery.  

Lead support for Revolutionary Summer provided by the Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Additional support provided by Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea. Support for the Museum of the American Revolution’s participation in Revolutionary Summer is generously provided by William and Candace Raveis.

Please contact familyprograms@nyhistory.org for more information and pricing.




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