Welcome to the State Capitol 4th of July Exhibit. New York played an integral role during the Revolutionary War and founding period in our nation’s history. More battles were fought here than in any other state and many New Yorkers distinguished themselves on the battlefield. Our state also played an important role in the political formation of the country. Individuals like Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and George Clinton helped frame and resolve the debates that generated the United States Constitution and New York City was the new federal government’s first home.
This exhibit highlights some of the most critical moments and people during that tumultuous time. By coming here, I hope that you will learn something new about the leading role New York played in United States history. There are also a number of other historically significant sites you can visit around the State. I hope this exhibit will inspire you to learn about and travel to them this summer.