A glorious sea of American flags, crowded streets, and Fifth Avenue skyscrapers, The Fourth of July, 1916 (The Greatest Display of the American Flag Ever Seen in New York, Climax of the Preparedness Parade in May) by Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is a beloved work of American Impressionism. A 2016 gift to New-York Historical from Chairman Emeritus Richard Gilder, it depicts the Independence Day Parade down Fifth Avenue in the patriotic days before U.S. forces entered World War I. Once owned by Frank Sinatra, the painting was previously on display as part of the 2017 exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches and is currently on view in our Gilder Hall on the first floor.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.