“Celebrate Irvington” Family-Friendly Festivities Planned for June 21 (Rain or Shine)
Residents and visitors are invited to “Celebrate Irvington” from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. (See schedule below.) Shops will be open on Main Street, and family-friendly activities will be offered including guided walks, live music, special exhibits, free rides and tours throughout the village on a historic jump-on/jump-off trolley (sponsored by Sunnyside Federal), and dining at Irvington’s diverse selection of eateries. Enjoy picnics at Irvington’s waterfront parks with views of the Palisades and Manhattan Skyline.
This event is part of the Governor’s Path Through History and I Love NY initiative.
>Free Parking on weekends at MetroNorth train station and on some local streets (observe signs).
>Festival accessible by public transportation (MetroNorth or Bee-Line Bus) and by walking/biking trail (Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park).
>Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
> Trolley not handicapped accessible.
>Some street entertainment may be moved indoors or cancelled due to weather conditions.
9:00-3:00: Visit the Irvington Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce and prepared food. Live music. Market tours. Location: Main Street School Parking Lot, at the intersection of the Old Croton Aqueduct and Main Street (101 Main St.).
10:00-12:30: Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age: Lord & Burnham and Louis Comfort Tiffany – Historical guided walking tour with Irvington Historical Society Trustee, Sara Kelsey. Starts in front of Scenic Hudson Park Senior Center (29 Bridge St.); to Main Street to Tiffany Room/Village Hall.
10:30-4:30: Enjoy Irvington’s Waterfront Parks; walking paths in Scenic Hudson Park and special visitors day at Matthiessen Park.
11:00-4:00: Free Historic Trolley Tour sponsored by Sunnyside Federal. Old-fashioned, jump-on, jump-off trolley ride highlights Irvington’s rich history including Historic Main Street District, significant locations throughout the Village, early founders and more. Trolley loops every 45 minutes, starting at McVickar House (131 Main St.).
11:00-4:00: Celebrate McVickar House 10th Anniversary as home to Irvington Historical Society. Free birthday cake, docent tour of McVickar restoration. Dress up in period clothing and take photos on steps of McVickar. On-going exhibit: Irvington Unfolds: A Village History in Maps tells intriguing history of the village from the 1600s to present day through an array of old and rare maps, postcards, photographs and artifacts (131 Main St.).
11:30-3:30: Free tours of the Tiffany Reading Room in the 1902 Landmark Village Hall. Docents will guide visitors through the award-winning restored Louis Comfort Tiffany Reading Room with stunning turtleback chandelier and blue-green opalescent wall tiles (85 Main St.).
11:30-4:30: Community groups and retail stores will feature outdoor displays, sales and entertainment; Main Street District (Astor Street to Broadway). Music on Main Street provided by the Irvington School District’s Music Department. Enjoy free popcorn from Sunnyside Federal Savings (56 Main Street).
2:00: Meandering Among the Historic Millionaires’ Mansions – Guided Walk with Sara Kelsey. Historical walking tour from Irvington to Lyndhurst and back, past architectural landmarks and Hudson River views, while learning the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Meet at Village Hall (85 Main St.).