Living History Days, 10 am - 5 pm: Do you want to know what life was like in 1776? Bring your family and join the New-York Historical Society as we celebrate the founding of our nation! Speak with Benjamin Franklin firsthand about his experiments with lightning and electricity, his inventions, his involvement with Congress in drafting the Declaration of Independence, and more! Meet members of the Continental unit, the 2nd New York Provincial Battalion, and learn about the battles that won America’s independence. Listen to the fun and interactive stories and songs about eighteenth-century life from the Hudson River Ramblers, who will be entertaining visitors throughout the museum galleries, and performing in the DiMenna Children's History Museum at 12 pm and 3 pm.
Presidential Scavenger Hunt, 11 am - 5 pm: We don’t know if George Washington had a cat, but we do know he had a cot and we’ve got it! Find amazing memorabilia when we let you loose in the museum! Prizes for participation and everyone can enter our Liberty the Dog raffle! Ages 4 and up.
Fireworks Painting, 12 pm - 4 pm: Light up the night by creating your own fireworks painting, and learn the history behind fireworks and the Fourth of July.
Also, don't miss the rare copy of the “Stone” facsimile of the Declaration of Independence —one of approximately fifty in existence—on display through July 15!
About the Performers
Benjamin Franklin endures as one of the most iconic and revered of the founding fathers. As a prolific inventor, scientist, diplomat