Revolutionary War Sites in Lower Manhattan

No matter which era of America’s past you’re looking to dive into, New York City has a whole lot of history to offer. However, New York City’s past is especially vibrant when it comes to the American Revolution. While many people picture locales like Philadelphia and Virginia as key players in the Revolution, New York also played an incredible role in the American colonies’ fight for independence. If you’re looking to learn more about the city’s history in the American Revolution, take a look at some of the historic sites below.

St. Paul’s Chapel
St. Paul’s is the only city church to survive the war, and is the gravesite of many important figures from the era. Alexander Hamilton is known to have spent time on the church’s property, and George Washington even worshipped there. In fact, on his inauguration day, Washington stopped by St. Paul’s to pray.

Bowling Green
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Ticker Tape Parades

What Are the Parade Markers?

All along Broadway in Lower Manhattan remains historic markers for each parade that took place over the years. These plaques are inlaid into the sidewalks on either side of New York’s most famous avenue: Broadway. The first parade took place in October 1886, and the most recent in July 2019.

Ticker Tape History

Ticker tape machines used ticker tape inside it to relay stock market prices.. Every office in Wall Street had a few of these machines. When Lower Manhattan unveiled The Statue of Liberty in October 1886, the parade had celebrated by marching up Broadway. Stockbrokers even filled many of the offices along Broadway. As the parade passed underneath their windows, stock brokers ripped some of the ticker tape off and threw it out their windows onto the parade. It came down from the buildings like confetti. The ticker tape parade was born.


What is a Ticker Machine?

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