Governors Island will open July 15 and ferry tickets are available now. Click here to reserve tickets.

Visit Governors Island this Fourth of July Weekend


Governors Island is the place to celebrate this Fourth of July! Bring a picnic, go for a scenic bike ride, wave to the Statue of Liberty from the top of Outlook Hill or just take a peaceful nap in a hammock. Swing by Threes Brewing at Liggett Terrace all afternoon for a special July 4th BBQ with Popina! Learn more about the Island and its history with the U.S. Army and Coast Guard at Castle Williams, half of Governors Island National Monument, on a tour led by a National Park Service Ranger.

We’ll be open until 6:00 PM on July 4, running increased ferry service from Manhattan to Soissons Landing. Due to planned harbor closures for the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display, Governors Island will close at 6:00 PM on 7/4 and will not be open for fireworks viewing. See the full schedule here and note the important July 4 ferry times below. Happy Fourth!

July 4, 2019 – Manhattan ferry times
First ferry to Governors Island: 10:00 AM
Last ferry to Governors Island: 4:20 PM
Last ferry off of Governors Island – all visitors must be aboard: 6:00 PM

July 5 is the second First Friday of the season, when houses in Nolan Park and Colonels Row open in the evening so visitors can peruse their programs and check out special evening events. These programs will be open 6-8pm for July’s First Friday:

Nolan Park
American Indian Community House
NY Virtual Volcano Observatory
Works on Water
Pioneer Works
West Harlem Art Fund
NYC Audubon
Climate Museum

Colonels Row
Syracuse University MFA Summer Residency
4heads’ Artists in Residency Program
Rising Sun Performance Company

Please note, Brooklyn ferries will not run on July 4 or 5.