• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

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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. Hours are 10 AM till 6 PM weekdays and 10 AM till 7 PM. More information is available here.

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?

Garrison Davidson as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1958. Later commander of U.S. First Army, Governors Island 1960-1964.

By the time General Davidson Garrison retired as commander of U.S. First Army on Governors Island in 1964, he had graduated from Stuyvesant High School, played football at West Point, was one of the winningest football coaches at the U.S. Military Academy, and served under the two most demanding generals in the U.S. Army, George S. Patton in World War II and Douglas MacArthur in Korea.