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July 4th History of Ice Cream: A Sneak Peak

  The New-York Historical Society is going all-out for the 4th of July! We’ll have an Independence Day scavenger hunt, a Ben Franklin reenactor, and a whole lot of ice cream. What does ice cream have to do with independence, you ask? Well not that much- very few New Yorkers ate ice cream in the late 1700s; however, […]

Blast From the Past: Fireworks!!

  The history of fireworks is a long one…even in our young United States. We celebrated our first Independence Day with a fireworks display in 1777, six years before we could be certain we would survive the American Revolutionary War! After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that the […]

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