Originating in lower Manhattan, the flotilla is expected to pass the Yonkers waterfront approximately from 10 AM to noon as it heads north to mark the 400th anniversary of the historic journey.
A number of restaurants in the district will be offering $16.09 specials to celebrate the Quadricentennial. Department stores and other retailers will also join in providing shoppers with special discounts throughout the day.
The festivities will also include free street entertainment including musical performances and other attractions for the family.
Steve Sansone, Executive Director of the Yonkers Downtown BID, said: “River Day kicks off the Quadricentennial Year celebration when the BID will present numerous special free outdoor entertainment and other events.”
He added: “Yonkers Downtown has become one of Westchester’
The Downtown BID’s spring though fall Quadricentennial highlights include the popular Evolution Arts—a free outdoor art exhibition program introduced that showcases the works of emerging artists on the third Sunday of the month held from 1 to 4 PM at Plaza Park. The afternoon of leisurely art browsing is accompanied by live and free musical entertainment.
On Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00, starting July 3 and continuing through September 4, the BID will present its annual free Jazz and Blues Concerts at the Amphitheatre by the waterfront.
On Tuesday evenings in August, Main Street will again be transformed into an outdoor movie theater for the annual Main Street Films @ Dusk series, providing free screenings—and free popcorn— of popular motion pictures for the family.
The 17th Annual Riverfest, a day of free non-stop excitement for everyone in the family will get underway at noon, Saturday, September 12, in the heart of downtown Yonkers. An estimated 30,000 visitors will enjoy international foods, arts and crafts vendors, amusements, educational games, exhibits, a petting zoo, classic cars, and a variety of fantastic entertainers.
The Quadricentennial Year festivities will culminate with the Half Moon Festival on two successive weekends—October 17-18 and October 24-25—when the 85-foot long replica of the Half Moon will be on view of the waterfront dock.