• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Operating Hours & Seasons

Governors Island is open seasonally in the summertime from Memorial Day weekend to the last weekend in September. The 2014 public access season begins May 24th and continues 7 days a week until September 28.

July 4th fireworks return to the East River this year, but Governors Island will close on schedule at 6 PM on July 4th and NOT be a venue in which to view the fireworks this year.

National Park Service facilities, including Castle Williams, Fort Jay, and our bookstore are open 5 days a week, Wednesday - Sunday during the public access season. Click here for programming we're offering this summer.

The Trust for Governors Island, our partner organization, also offers a wide variety of programming on public access days. Visit them at www.govisland.com for more information.


Did You Know?

John Jay

Fort Jay was named after John Jay, who served as the second governor of New York, an office he held during construction of the fort. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Jay also served as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and as the first Chief Justice of Supreme Court.