Tour a historic 1885 sailing ship, identify fish and other wildlife, learn to kayak or fish, join a coastal cleanup, participate in science experiments, learn about the organizations that protect our water and waterways, and more.
There are more than 50 FREE events from Inwood at the northern tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, along the Brooklyn shoreline to Jamaica Bay, plus New Jersey, with multiple ways to get into the water, with or without a paddle.
City of Water Day is Saturday, July 10, 10am to 4pm with family-friendly events in all five boroughs and the New Jersey coastline bordering New York City.
It’s all happening rain or shine, so let’s hope for shine.
2021 is the 14th annual City of Water Day, and it has grown each year as more of us become aware of the importance of clean water and how climate change will affect our shorlines.
Today, more than one million people in our region face direct risks from coastal flooding.
City of Water Day seeks to raise awareness of the region’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
Here’s some of what’s on the City of Water Day schedule:
- Water sampling at Roberto Clemente State Park on the Harlem River in the Bronx
- Family waterfront walk in Red Hook
- Birdwatching along the Rahway River in Linden, New Jersey
At the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan
FREE activities from 11am to 5pm on City of Water Day include
- self-guided tours of the 1885 tall ship Wavertree
- Demonstrations by Bowne & Co. printers using the Seaport Museum’s working collection of 19th-century printing presses, on the steps of 209 Water Street.
- The Seaport Museum will also host a Mobile Community Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic at Pier 16.
After City of Water Day, Waterfront Alliance’s call for climate action continues, with Art at the BlueLine, a FREE outdoor exhibition presented for the second year in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation.
Art at the BlueLine opens on July 14 and runs through August 2.
At West Harlem Piers Park, 130th St. and the Hudson River
Count on seeing fascinating Hudson River creatures in tanks, get involved with water testing, and learn about community access to the river.
At the Jamaica Bay Festival, family-friendly activities include
- a guided ferry ride from Wall Street to Rockaway,
- fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, nature walks, and games.
- For the adventurous, a kayak tour led by a National Park Service ranger will paddle from Canarsie Pier to Shirley Chisholm State Park.
Paddlers from Brooklyn and Queens will kick off the festival meeting by water at Sunset Cove for a kayak parade around Jamaica Bay to highlight the importance of waterfront access and a clean and healthy estuary, followed by a full day of free activities for all to enjoy,” said Alex Zablocki, Executive Director, Jamaica BayRockaway Parks Conservancy.
City of Hoboken events include:
- guided tour of the Central Waterfront
- festive march to illustrate the remaining segments of Hoboken’s public waterfront park that remain unfinished
- nd the City of Hoboken to encourage the community to get outside and enjoy the public waterfront, with activities
Check this interactive map to see all events in your neighborhood, and virtual programs online.
This year, NYC Ferry is the official transportation sponsor of City of Water Day.
City of Water Day is organized by the Waterfront Alliance and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), Support the work of the Waterfront Alliance. It’s important.