Yonkers Welcomes River Day: Hudson River Celebrates Its Flagships City To Be First Outside Manhattan To Greet Multi-ship Flotilla

As a part of the ongoing Quad Celebration (400th anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson River) Yonkers, Westchester?s largest city, will debut River Day with a celebration welcoming replicas of the original seven Hudson River Flagships. June is typically when boat owners uncover and spruce up their boats, and they have been invited to join the flagships for the journey up the Hudson in the ?G

As part of the ongoing Quad Celebration (400th anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson River, www.exploreny400.com) Yonkers, Westchester?s largest city, with 4.5 miles of riverfront, will debut River Day, Saturday June 6 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at John F. Kennedy Marina (http://tinyurl.com/pd6k26) with a celebration welcoming replicas of the original seven Hudson River flagships ? the Half Moon, Cleveland, Harvey, Clearwater, Mystic, Woody and Onrust, which will travel, together with hundreds of other watercraft, from lower Manhattan the entire length of the Hudson River with a viewing in Yonkers at approximately 12:00 noon.

The first weekend in June is typically when boat owners uncover and spruce up their boats, and they have been invited to join the flagships for the journey up the Hudson in the ?Great River Day Flotilla.?

This will be the premier event in the Hudson Valley to commemorate 400 years of history of the river, and its boats and ships. A celebration featuring the best of the Yonkers Waterfront including:

 Family-friendly games and refreshments at JFK Marina
 The Yonkers Science Barge on-board demonstrations
 Beczak Environmental Education Center children?s flag making
 Philipse Manor Hall National Trails Day walk
 $16.09 specials at select Downtown BID restaurants
 Special discounts at department stores and other retailers
 Musical performances and other family entertainment on the streets of Yonkers
 A cannon salute at City Pier and JFK Marina
 Artwork on display along the Esplanade

?River Day is a glorious way to show off Yonkers? heritage and ties to the Hudson,? says Jim Pinto, the head of Yonkers Waterfront Development, ?And it?s a great kick-off to a full slate of River-themed activity in conjunction with the Quad Celebration that Yonkers will feature throughout the year.?

It is also important to note that Metro-North offers reduced fare packages via its ?A Day on the Hudson? offer. More information can be found at www.mta.info/mnr.

Contact: Marijane Funess
914.773.4225
mj ( @ ) theonswitch dot com

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