On July 7, 2021, New York City will host its ‘Hometown Heroes’ ticker tape parade to thank the local essential workers who saw the city through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade’s route starts just in front of the Museum, goes past The Battery, and then turns onto Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes.

In the slideshow below, we highlight the stories of essential workers from prior decades through photographs that belong to the Museum’s Permanent Collection.