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the Halfmoon

the Halfmoon

In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson led the first European expedition up the river that would be named after him. So much regional history originated from Hudson’s journey on the Half-Moon, and 400 years later, New York State is celebrating the events that started it all. Enjoy this yearlong Quadricentennial Celebration—from a relay flotilla with replica ships to the opening of new riverside parks.

On June 6, Hudson River Day, a flotilla tracing Henry Hudson’s trip will begin in NYC. This commemorative journey will follow the path of the great voyage of 400 years ago when Henry Hudson first saw the beautiful Hudson Valley. Five replica ships—including the Half Moon—will sail around the tip of Manhattan and follow the river to Albany. They'll be joined by hundreds of boating enthusiasts from yacht clubs and sightseers along their route up the Hudson.

In May and June head to New York City and visit the New York Botanical Gardens to see their show, The Glory of Dutch Bulbs, and the South Street Seaport Museum exhibit of maps and documents from the city’s Dutch period. The Dutch government is presenting New York with a new visitors’ pavilion in Battery Park to mark the anniversary. It is set to open in September.

Follow Hudson’s journey through cities and towns in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill opens an exhibit to explore Dutch aesthetic and art. Head for festivals like the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties. The 212-foot-tall Poughkeepsie-Highland railroad bridge is being transformed into the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. It is scheduled to open in September to coincide with the quadricentennial celebrations.

The Capital-Saratoga region celebrates with several events. At the Albany Institute of History and Art, an exhibit of more than 200 historical objects tells the story of the Hudson River. The New York State Museum draws from its collection, as well as from museums in the Netherlands, for a retrospective on Henry Hudson, the Dutch and Native Americans.

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