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New York Celebrates 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's Historic Voyage

New York 400 Week Honors Henry Hudson in September 2009

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This September, New York City will host a week-long extravaganza to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the historic 1609 voyage of Henry Hudson from Amsterdam to New York and the founding of the colony of New Amsterdam.

The NY400 celebration will take place in New York from September 8-17, 2009 and include a number of free and low-cost Hudson-centric events on the Hudson River and in riverside parks.

New York 400 Henry Hudson Week Events

  • Ships Arrive on September 8, 2009 -- To start New York 400 week with a bang, a colorful flotilla of Dutch ships will sail into New York Harbor to the sound of a 21-gun salute. The flotilla will include naval frigates, a replica of Henry Hudson's Halve Maen, and 30 Flying Dutchman sailboats. The 21-gun salute will be fired at 9:00 AM alongside Fort Hamilton, followed by a welcome ceremony in Battery Park from 9:30 to 10:00 AM.


  • New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion Opens on September 9, 2009 -- The New Amsterdam Pavilion, a gift from the Dutch government to the City of New York, will be officially unveiled on September 9th on The Battery’s Peter Minuit Plaza.


  • New Island Festival on Governors Island September 10-13 and 17-20, 2009 -- The New Island Festival on Governors Island will showcase the best of what Dutch festivals have to offer. Plays, dance performances, and concerts will be held in and around historic buildings and sites, in fields and in unoccupied stately homes. Tickets for individual performances start at $5 and a festival pass is $35.


  • New Amsterdam Village in Bowling Green Park from September 4-14, 2009 -- Visit a traditional Dutch village in Bowling Green Park (next to Battery Park, between Broadway and Beaver Street). New Amsterdam Village will feature traditional Dutch canal houses, a windmill, and an environmentally-friendly greenhouse. Visitors can sample traditional Dutch delicacies and buy Dutch flowers and handicrafts. You can also rent an orange NY400 bike for free.


  • Flying Dutchman Sailing Races from September 8-10, 2009 -- Seventy Flying Dutchman sailboats from 14 countries will race from Battery Park with the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline as a backdrop.


  • Harbor Day on September 13, 2009 -- Harbor Day will mark the end of New York 400 week with a wide range of activities up and down the Hudson River and in New York’s waterfront parks. Enjoy free bike rentals and water taxi rides, see the Dutch ships, watch a flyover by Dutch F16 fighter jects, cheer on the Flying Dutchman sailng championships, and much more.

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