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5 Fun Facts About July 2 In New York History

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1. Independence Day is not celebrated on July 2nd in New York City
July 2, 1776, marks the day when the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. However, it was on July 4, 1776, that they officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, hence why that day is celebrated as Independence Day. Despite this, New York City still holds an annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4th, rather than July 2nd.

2. The New York Sun began publication on July 2, 1833
The New York Sun was a daily newspaper that was founded by Benjamin Day. It was the first newspaper to sell for only a penny, making it more affordable for the average person to purchase. The newspaper became known for its sensational reporting, including the famous "Great Moon Hoax" in which it claimed that there were creatures living on the Moon.

3. The Battle of Gettysburg began on July 2, 1863
The Battle of Gettysburg was a major turning point in the American Civil War. On July 2, 1863, General Robert E. Lee ordered a series of attacks against the Union line, which stretched for over two miles. The Union soldiers were able to hold their ground, despite heavy casualties on both sides. The battle continued for two more days and ended with a Union victory.

4. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was created on July 2, 1970
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was created to help protect the environment and natural resources of the state. Its mission is to "conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution."

5. The Empire State Building was opened on July 2, 1931
The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic landmarks in New York City. It was the tallest building in the world when it was completed, standing at 1,454 feet tall. It took just over a year to build and cost $40 million dollars. The building has been featured in many movies and TV shows and continues to be a popular tourist attraction.
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