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How to Celebrate Alexander Hamilton on the Anniversary of His Death

By Irene Plagianos | July 11, 2016 4:49pm | Updated on July 11, 2016 9:50pm
 A portrait of Alexander Hamilton, who lived from 1755 to 1804, sitting down in his study.
A portrait of Alexander Hamilton, who lived from 1755 to 1804, sitting down in his study.
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On July 11, 1804, bitter enemies and political rivals Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton took their animus all they way to Weekhawken, New Jersey, stood on a cliff overlooking New York City, and fired shots in an infamous gun battle.

The duel ultimately killed founding father Hamilton, while Burr — then the country's vice president — had his career destroyed.

The specifics of the hatred between the two men, and the details of that fateful day, are still debated by historians — but events slated for July 12, the day Hamilton succumbed to his gun injuries, are mostly dedicated to honoring the United States' first secretary of treasury and newly minted pop culture icon, thanks to the extraordinarily successful musical "Hamilton."

If you want to dedicate most, or at least part of your day to Hamilton history, head to the Financial District Tuesday. 

The American Museum of Finance is offering a 90 minute walking tour, starting at 11 a.m., called "Hamilton's New York," commemorating his contributions to the country's financial history. The tour, which costs $15, is likely to book up. Reservations for your spot can be made online.

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For a free method to honor your possibly favorite founding father, head over to Trinity Church on Broadway and Wall Street, where Alexander Hamilton, along with his wife, who were both parishioners at the historic church, are buried.

The church holds an annual "graveside remembrance" for Hamilton — anyone can walk into the cemetery and watch as a wreath is laid at Hamilton's grave at 1 p.m. The remembrance ceremony will be immediately followed, at 1:30 p.m., by a talk with Richard Brookhiser, author of the book "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America Prosperous."

The church is also bringing back a pop-up that features some rare documents related to his years at the church. You'll be able to peruse that exhibit from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.