​Independence Day Parade

The celebration of Independence Day has been a long standing tradition in Lower Manhattan from the very first days of the Revolution, and especially following the British military's evacuation in 1783. As the celebration of this most important of American patriotic holidays gravitated uptown to other neighborhoods this and other Lower Manhattan historical traditions gradually faded into relative obscurity and finally ceased to be active by the mid-1970s. Understanding only too well how Lower Manhattan holds a place second to none among the cities and States leading the revolutionary cause for independence and appreciating the wealth of historical monuments and American patriot gravesites concentrated in what is often called the "tip of Manhattan" several of the oldest and most respected historical and military organizations with deep ties to the neighborhood formed the Lower Manhattan Historical Association in 2014 for the purpose of reviving the patriotic traditions so closely associated with our beloved city, offer the multiplicity of our communities as well as our many visitors the opportunity  to participate and enhance the sentiments of coexisting plurality and unity that define the ideals of great nation. Accordingly, on July 3 2015, the Association and its friends organized and lead its first Lower Manhattan Independence Day Parade revival. The success of this parade, along with other patriotic events such the Evacuation Day commemoration and the Revolutionary War battles of Saratoga and Yorktown joint celebration, has inspired the Association's Constituent Organizations as well as the growing members of the Community to apply greater resources in the revival of these traditions in a spirit of friendship and inclusiveness that so well defines the very best of New York City and the United States of America.

July 4, 2018 Independence Day Parade

This year, the Lower Manhattan Historical Association will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday July 4. 

The LMHA parade ceremony, followed by the parade itself, will start at 11:45 AM at Castle Clinton in Battery Park immediately following the conclusion of the Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York’s (“VCA”) annual 75mm Pack Howitzer battery fifty round “Salute to the Nation.” Marchers should assemble at 11:30 AM at Castle Clinton by the seawall. Detailed information regarding this event can be found in the Flyer and Press Release. ALL are welcome.

Rick Edwards Photo Album

July 2, 2017 Ceremony & Parade

This year, the Lower Manhattan Historical Association will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday July 2. The celebration will consist of a ceremony for the Alexander Hamilton Achievement Awards to be held in the rotunda of Federal Hall National Memorial scheduled to commence at 11:00 AM. 

The Awards ceremony will be followed by the parade, scheduled to commence at 12:30 PM at the base of the Memorial steps at 26 Wall Street. Detailed information regarding these events (including its many participants and the parade route) can be found in the Press Release and Lineup.  This year's parade also celebrates the bicentennial of one of New York State's and America's greatest engineering achievements, the Erie Canal (see below). ALL are welcome.

Erie Canal Bicentennial


2017 is the Bicentennial of what is considered to be the commencement of New York State's (and one of the United States of America's) most ambitious and successful public works programs, the creation of the Erie Canal system. When completed in 1825 this massive project connected, not only upstate New York, but the Atlantic Ocean commercial trade network through New York harbor and the Hudson River to the mid-western and western territories of a rapidly expanding nation. The Lower Manhattan Historical Association is contributing to New York State's commemoration of this momentous achievement of engineering and commerce through its Independence Day ceremonies as well as the publication of a richly informative educational article published by the New York History Blog authored by the Association's President, James S. Kaplan.

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