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Where to Commemorate 9/11 in the NYC Area

Where to Commemorate 9/11 in the NYC Area

Pay tribute and remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001 at these commemorative events in the New York area.


The anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 is soon upon us and it is never easy to help our family comprehend. In the NYC area, there are a variety of commemorative events and memorials where you and your family can pay tribute and remember the lives lost. Whether it is offering a moment of silence, a place for peace and prayer, or an opportunity to give back to the New York and military community, you will find a variety of places throughout the city for you and your kids to visit around the anniversary. 

FREE 9/11 Table of Silence
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 8:15-8:46am
WHERE: Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and West 64th Street, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: A public tribute to 9/11, Table of Silence is an emotionally powerful dance performance that returns to Lincoln Center for its eighth year. The presentation begins at 8:15am and concludes precisely at 8:46am, the time the North Tower was struck.
WANT TO GO? 212-719-3301. buglisiddance.org.
 

FREE Tribute in Light
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, dusk to dawn
WHERE: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a thoughtful walk with your family through the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on the night of September 11 to witness Tribute in Light—a commemorative public art installation that takes place every year. If you can't make it to the plaza, then look out your window to behold twin beams reaching up to four miles into the sky. The installation honors the victims and their families, while celebrating our city's unbreakable spirit. The lights can be seen within a 60-mile radius from lower Manhattan from dawn to dusk, and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza will be open to the public 3pm-12am that evening.
WANT TO GO? 212-312-8800. 911memorial.org.

9/11 Tribute Museum Walking Tours
WHEN: Daily
WHERE: 9/11 Tribute Museum 92 Greenwich St., Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: Survivors, family members of lost loved ones, first responders, recovery workers, and others who lived and worked in lower Manhattan in 2001 offer personal, emotional experiences of Sept. 11. Each tour is unique to the  experiences of your guide while also providing history of the WTC, 9/11 aftermath, stops at the Firefighter Memorial Wall, an opportunity to tour the 9/11 Tribute Museum, and more.
AGES: All
WANT TO GO?: Admission: $35; $20 children ages 8-12. 911tributemuseum.org

'Come From Away'
WHEN: See website for tickets
WHERE: Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Following the attacks on 9/11, 38 planes were diverted to the small town of Gander on the island of Newfoundland. “Come From Away” is an award-winning musical that tells the story of those 7,000 stranded passengers and the people who welcomed them. Join us for a discussion featuring special guests who were instrumental in bringing this moving story of human kindness to the Broadway stage.
WANT TO GO? $49 and up. comefromaway.com
 

FREE Weekly Bagpipe Tribute
WHEN: Wednesdays, 1:30-2pm
WHERE: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Weekly bagpipe tribute honors those who died on 9/11. Bagpipers from the NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD play near the 58-ton steel beam know as the Last Column in Foundation Hall.
WANT TO GO? 212-312-8800. 911memorial.org.
 



Facing Crisis: A Changed World
WHEN: Ongoing: Daily, every 30 minutes
WHERE: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: World leaders examine 9/11’s impact on global events. Features original interviews with President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, among others. Screened exclusively at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
WANT TO GO? $24; $15 children ages 7-17. 212-312-8800. 911memorial.org.


Rebirth at Ground Zero
WHEN: Ongoing: Daily, every 15 minutes
WHERE: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: This multi-screen film experience uses time-lapse footage and recorded interviews to present an inspiring first-hand perspective of the transformation and renewal of the World Trade Center site and the uplifting personal journeys of some of those most directly affected by the attacks.
WANT TO GO? $24; $15 children ages 7-17. 212-312-8800. 911memorial.org.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 11am
WHERE: NYC Fire Museum, 278 Spring St., Hudson Square
AGES: All
WHAT: On the anniversary each year, led by a NYFD commissioner with songs and a speech by the museum director, the museum holds a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. . While you are there, spend some time at the museum’s memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who lost their lives that day. The exhibit chronicles and commemorates with a marble and tile memorial, tools recovered from Ground Zero, and opportunities to learn more about the late firefighters.
WANT TO GO?: Free to attend event. nycfiremuseum.org.


Annual 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance: Bike Build
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10am-3:30pm
WHERE: 9/11 Tribute Museum, 92 Greenwich St., Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: This event  brings together the museum’s volunteer community, companies who lost colleagues on 9/11, and local community volunteers and to build 500 bikes for the children of active duty military, first responders, and recovery workers throughout the course of the day.
WANT TO GO?: Free to attend event. 911tributemuseum.org
 
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