Last year I spent July 4th in Afghanistan; this year, I am so happy to be back again in NYC, the birthplace of America. Or one of America’s birthplaces. The Macy’s fireworks were amazing to see in person, but the true highlight of this July 4th was a celebratory drink at historic Fraunces Tavern, where the Sons of Liberty held secret meetings, and where George Washington held a farewell banquet for his officers after the Revolutionary War ended in 1783. Fraunces Tavern also for a time held the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs (the predecessor to the Department of State) when the U.S. Capitol resided in New York City. Samuel Fraunces, the tavern’s proprietor in those days, was himself an American patriot and fighter, and a Creole from the Caribbean.
Visit Fraunces Tavern on the corner of Pearl and Broad streets on the southern tip of Manhattan. The pub inside is operated by the Porterhouse Brewing Co., and they have a fantastic beer menu. Try the award-winning Plain Porter. You’ll be glad you did.
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