National Park Week in New York City National Parks

Exploring New York City National Parks

National parks in New York City took center stage during National Park Week from April 20 to 28. Director Chuck Sams embarked on a coast-to-coast tour, visiting Hamilton Grange and General Grant national memorials, among others. These parks provide a unique opportunity to reflect on America’s origins and the diverse contributions to its story.

Reflecting on American History

New York City boasts over a dozen national parks, showcasing the breadth of the national narrative. These parks commemorate significant events such as the first Presidential inauguration, the immigrant experience, the struggles of free and enslaved Africans, and a host of movements.

Connecting through Travel

Sams traveled from Washington, DC to New York City by train as part of the Trails and Rails Program partnership with Amtrak. This program places volunteer guides on train routes to share stories and information about national parks.

Honoring Great Leaders

The General Grant National Memorial features a grand mausoleum honoring President Ulysses S. Grant, known for leading the Union Army during the Civil War and his efforts to heal the nation afterward. Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the home of Alexander Hamilton, a key figure in America’s founding and development, was also on Sams’ itinerary.

Remembering Immigrant Stories

Sams also visited the Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site, which tells the story of working-class immigrant families and their contributions to America.

Explore the Parks

Discover the rich history of New York’s national parks, with about a dozen located right in the city. Learn more about them on our New York state webpage. Celebrate National Park Week by visiting our website to find events near you!

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on April 19, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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