2. Visit the abandoned Ellis Island hospital

Hard hats are required to enter the abandoned Ellis Island hospital.

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by diving into the history of New York City? Join Untapped New York to take a hard hat tour about the Ellis Island hospital complex that was abandoned in 1954. After putting on a hard hat, visitors will travel through a contagious disease hospital that is typically off limits to the public.

Within the walls of the hospital are life-sized historic photographs created by French artist JR of actual people who immigrated through Ellis Island and were treated in the hospital wards. In addition to seeing the photographs plastered on walls throughout the hospital, visitors will explore the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house and more. Tickets cost $83 for the Fourth of July tour that begins at 12 p.m. (as well as tours on Saturday, but tickets are limited!)