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Historic American Bars

By Travel Savvy

There's no denying that alcohol has been an integral part of American culture. During Colonial times, alcohol was used to treat illnesses, increase strength and celebrate achievements -- like gaining national independence! In fact, the very first July 4th celebration took place in a tavern. Visit one of these historic American bars this Independence Day!

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City Tavern

138 South 2nd St at Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA


Open Monday through Thursday & Sunday 11:30AM - 9:00PM; Friday & Saturday 11:30AM - 10:00PM

If you're a history buff, consider a trip to Philadelphia to celebrate Independence Day at the City Tavern, where the very first Fourth of July celebration was held! Delegates from the First Continental Congress used the tavern as an unofficial meeting place before and after sessions in nearby Carpenter's Hall. Visitors can also enjoy beers that our nation's forefathers brewed, including Thomas Jefferson's 1774 Tavern Ale.

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Fraunces Tavern Museum

54 Pearl St, New York, NY


Open Monday through Friday 12:00PM - 5:00PM; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM - 5:00PM

New York City is home to Fraunces Tavern, a local landmark that will transport you back to Colonial America. Start your July Fourth with a walking tour and explore NYC's Revolutionary War sites, or opt to stroll the New York Freedom Trail, which the Tavern is a part of. Head up to the Fraunces Tavern Museum, upstairs from the restaurant, to truly get a sense of New York's role in our country's revolutionary days. Dine downstairs in the surprisingly spacious bar and restaurant, or host a private celebration in one of their eight party rooms, such as Lafayette's Hideout. 

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Green Dragon Tavern

11 Marshall St, Boston, MA


Open Sunday through Saturday 11:00AM - 2:00AM

The Green Dragon Tavern has been a local Boston hotspot since 1654. In its earlier days, it was frequented by so many Founding Fathers that it is sometimes referred to as the "Headquarters of the American Revolution." It is even rumored that Paul Revere first overheard the British plans for Lexington and Concord here that led to his midnight ride. These days, Green Dragon is a popular hotspot for locals looking to let loose. If you're looking for a Fourth of July celebration with lots of history and great food without sacrificing the fun vibe and nightlife scene, this is the place for you.

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White Horse Tavern

26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI


Open Monday through Thursday & Saturday 11:00AM - 9:00PM; Friday & Saturday 11:00AM - 10:00PM

The White Horse Tavern in Newport, RI, was originally constructed in 1652 as a private home and it was converted to a tavern 20 years later. Today it is thought to be the oldest tavern in the United States, and is considered a "bucket list bar" because of the building's storied past and as an excellent example 17th Century American Architecture. Get a taste of Americana, and enjoy "the freshest fish from Narragansett Bay" at one of the country's most historic sites.

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The Warren Tavern

2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA


Open Monday through Friday 11:00AM - 1:00AM; Saturday & Sunday 10:00AM - 1:00AM

If you're a fan of Colonial American history, the Warren Tavern is a great place to spend your 4th. It's a well-known fact that our country's iconic greats have all visited the tavern--from General Washington to Paul Revere and Ben Franklin. Located in Charlestown, MA, the tavern is right by Bunker Hill and is named for Major General Joseph Warren (he was also a doctor and surgeon), who took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the Revolution. Visit the Bunker Hill Museum, nearby, and grab dinner afterward for a very historic Independence Day. Don't miss the clam chowder and lobster rolls!


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