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5 Fun Facts About July 3 In New York History

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1. The Battle of Gettysburg began on July 3, 1863, marking a turning point in the Civil War. New York soldiers played a significant role in the battle, with over 3,000 from the state fighting on the Union side.

2. On July 3, 1938, the world-famous Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest was held for the first time on Coney Island in Brooklyn. Today, the contest attracts thousands of spectators and participants from around the world.

3. The New York Yankees played their first game at Yankee Stadium on July 3, 1923, beating the Boston Red Sox 4-1. The iconic stadium would go on to host countless historic baseball games over the years.

4. On July 3, 1884, the statue "Liberty Enlightening the World" – better known as the Statue of Liberty – was presented to the United States by the people of France. The statue, which stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, has become a symbol of freedom and democracy worldwide.

5. The borough of Staten Island became part of New York City on July 3, 1898, when the city's five boroughs were consolidated into a single entity. Today, Staten Island is known for its quiet suburban neighborhoods and scenic parks, as well as its notable landmarks like the Staten Island Ferry and Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
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