Nathan Hale Day Commemoration
Friday, September 20, 2019
City Hall Park, NYC
Join the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. as they commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue which stands at City Hall Park. The ceremony features the SRNY Color Guard, wreath laying, and more.
Nathan Hale was commissioned by George Washington to infiltrate the British ranks to gather intelligence. He was discovered on September 22, 1776 and hanged for treason, without trial, the next morning.
The Nathan Hale Commemoration Ceremony takes place in City Hall Park near the statue of Nathan Hale that was commissioned by the Sons of the Revolution in 1883 and stands facing the south main entrance to City Hall. Click HERE to see the exact location on Google Maps. To enter the park, you may enter the secure area from either the west or east gate of Steve Flanders Square, which is on the south side of the City Hall building. Everyone who enters will have to walk through a metal detector and have any bags scanned by an x-ray machine. Look for chairs set up where the commemoration is to take place.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Week-long special programming will include:
- Sat. Sept. 14 – Culper Spy Day, a special partner program at the Three Village Historical Society in Setauket, Long Island
- Sun. Sept. 15 – Special Walking Tour Sympathetic Spies: George Washington’s Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan 11am-1pm
- September 17 – Special Lecture: How The Spies Did It 6:30-7:30pm with historical interpreter Norman Goben
- Sun. Sept. 20 – Nathan Hale Day Commemoration, noon, at Manhattan’s City Hall Park
- September 21 – Special Event: Spy Week Family Day with children’s author Claudia Friddell
- All Week – Daily Revolutionary Spies guided tours (FREE with regular museum admission)
- Interactive Exhibition– Confidential: The American Revolution’s Agents of Espionage. Decode a secret message hidden in the object labels!