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Quadricentennial Committee
Irvington-on-Hudson Quadricentennial Committee
  • Andy Lyons, Chairperson
  • Connie Kehoe, Village Trustee Liaison
  • Joe Archino, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation
  • Kathleen Matusiak. Superintendent of Schools IUFSD
  • Thom Johnson, IHS Art Department
  • Jan Blaire
  • Debbie Hargraves
  • Mark Mazur
  • Maryon Noble
  • Kristy Schmidt
  • Pam Strachan

River Day - June 6, 2009

The historic Village of Irvington, named for America’s great literary figure Washington Irving, will mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery voyage on River Day, June 6, 2009, in our waterfront Scenic Hudson Park between 2 and 5 pm. Scenic Hudson Park affords one of the most pleasant, safe and family-friendly viewing sites along the Hudson.


Residents and visitors can watch the flotilla of historic boats – led by the replica of Hudson’s Half Moon – against the background of the dramatic Palisades and Tallman Mountain Sate Park across the river, the New York City skyline to the South, and the Tappan Zee Bridge to the North. Registered village boat owners and kayakers will join the flotilla with Village elected officials on-board as honored guests.



Viewing the Flotilla: Scenic Hudson Park is ideally located for up-close viewing with more than ¼ mile of unobstructed waterfront. There is no fee to visit this sunny, spacious park. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs.


Photographers: Click away! Set up tripods if needed in specified areas.


Children: Meet re-enactors playing Henry Hudson and Native Americans who saw him pass by in 1609. Experience made possible with help from friends and members of the Irvington Historical Society and the Irvington Public Library.


Families: Ask-an-Historian: Volunteers will respond to questions about Hudson, area Native Americans (the Weckquaeskeck tribe), the Dutch traders and settlers, and other related topics.  


Food: Limited food and drink will be available in the park, but many local food establishments are within easy walking distance. Lists of and directions to these diverse local cafes, pizza shops and restaurants will be available. Look for balloons and $16.09 specials. Some may require reservations. Check the Village website  for details or check on


Shopping and Historic Buildings: Volunteers can provide information and directions to waterfront businesses and historic Main Street where balloons will decorate stores. Bridge Street Properties, adjacent to Scenic Hudson Park, is a unique business development created from the historic Lord and Burnham greenhouse factory buildings, containing several restaurants.


Hiking and Biking: Volunteers can provide directions to the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, which crosses Main Street at Aqueduct Lane. Go to All may walk, hike or bike on this lovely trail at no charge.


If you come --

BY TRAIN: Irvington is a local stop on the Metro North Hudson Line.  Scenic Hudson Park is located at the south end of Bridge Street in Irvington, on the west side of the southbound MTA train tracks, a short walk from the Irvington station. There is a passage under the tracks at the north end of the station platform.

BY CAR: Some parking is available in Scenic Hudson Park. Please Read the signs and ask police, park staff, or volunteers. Parking is permitted on weekends at no charge in the station commuter areas.

BY FOOT OR BICYCLE: Walk or bike down Main Street, Irvington. On foot, you can take the passageway under the railroad tracks. If on bike, take the bridge over the tracks onto Bridge Street, follow all the way south. 

NOTES: Bicycles may be driven to, but not ridden in Scenic Hudson Park. Matthiessen Park, at the railroad track bridge, is for the use of Irvington resident permit holders and guests.

LOCATION: Scenic Hudson Park, 29 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533

In the early evening, residents and visitors can view the Piermont Fireworks from Matthiessen and Scenic Hudson Parks.  Limited parking is available near the parks so it is suggested that residents and visitors walk.