Saturday, July 16th: City of Water Day Festival on Governors Island

On Saturday, July 16th thousands from throughout the metropolitan region will make their way to the waterfront for the 4th annual City of Water Day Festival, presented by Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

A FREE day of entertainment, education, and adventure celebrating the world-class potential of our waterfront, the City of Water Day Festival is held each year on Governors Island and in Liberty State Park (North Field). Festival highlights include: FREE narrated boat tours; FREE ferry transit between Governors Island and Liberty State Park; kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing, and sailing opportunities; the Waterfront Activity Fair and Symposium; special children’s activities like fishing, races, sing-a-longs, and arts and crafts; live music, delicious food, and more! Please visit for all of the exciting details.


Also at the City of Water Day Festival on Governors Island, we will be hosting an environmental education meeting to launch MWA’s harbor literacy effort at 2pm in Pershing Hall. By attending this Harbor Education Task Force meeting, you will help develop more on-water experiences so that every child in the metropolitan will have the knowledge and tools to become invested in the care, improvement and responsible use of our waterfront and harbor.

From 1pm to 4pm in the Admirals house we will be presenting Water-Rama. With speakers to cover diverse topics, including the future of the Department of City Planning’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the effect of the EPA’s superfund program on local waterfront sites, the history and development of Staten Island’s gold coast, and contemporary ecological issues associated with northeastern estuaries, attendees will have the chance to become well versed in a wide range of waterfront-related topics.

From the upper Hudson to Raritan Bay, we are a City of Water-yet too many of us are cut off from this tremendous resource. Help us revitalize the waterfront at this year’s City of Water Day Festival!