The Lower Manhattan Historical Society (LMHS), in conjunction with the Bowling Green Association, the Sons Of the Revolution of the State of New York, the Sons of the American Revolution and Culture Now, has announced expanded historical activities in Lower Manhattan for the July 4, 2015 weekend.
On July 1, the Hermione, the full life replica of the ship which the Marquis de Lafayette sailed in 1780 to help save the American Revolution, will arrive at Pier 16 of the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan as part of its voyage to cities on the Eastern Seaport.
Hermione will be docked there until July 4. There will be a welcoming ceremony involving French and American dignitaries, including Miles Young, chairman of the Board of the American Friends of L’Hermione-Lafayette in America (Friends) and possibly Henry Kissinger, a member of the Friends board, along with prominent New York politicians. The LMHS, which has been working with the Friends, anticipates participating in these ceremonies, particularly in connection with the presentation of its Evacuation Day flag.
The activities begin on Friday July 3, with a parade and flag raising in honor of the arrival of the Hermoine, which has been carrying on its voyage the LMHS Evacuation Day flag, flown at Bowling Green during Evacuation Day 2014. There will be a parade from the South Street Seaport to Bowling Green where the LMHS Evacuation Day flag and the French flag will be raised at the Bowling Green flagpoles to be flown at least until Bastille Day (July 14).
Continuing a tradition begun last year, 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, and 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 by Linda Russell, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and activities for children.
• Fraunces Tavern Museum will be open to the public on July 4 for $1 per person.
• A ceremony by members of the Temple of Universal Judaism in front of Fraunces Tavern 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”.
There will be an opening reception for an exhibit in honor of the arrival of the Hermione including a large scale model of the ship, a painting of the ship by the French artists Laurent Daura and nautical artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum at the World Trade Gallery at 120 Broadway ground floor at 6-8 pm on May 21 2015, at which Miles Young, Chairman of the American Friends of L’Hermione-Lafayette in America will speak.