September in the Big Apple: Celebrations and Commemorations
As August fades into September, New York City gears up for the school year, football season, cooler weather (eventually!), and Law and Order: SVU sets filling streets and parks. City-wide, New Yorkers button up their collars and get back to business after the al fresco attitudes of summer.
Most importantly, September means our annual commemorations of September 11th. We at USA Guided NYC bus tours love our city and share in its grief every year.
One of our most important stops on our daytime “Discover NY” bus tour is the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, underneath all 1776 feet of One World Trade Center. The Memorial itself, called Reflecting Absence, consists of two serene reflecting pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers. Water cascades from the country’s largest man-made waterfalls, adding a discernible hush to Memorial Plaza.
While there, our expert USA Guided NYC bus tour guides will share with you the stories of Ground Zero’s revitalization and preview the moving artifacts and exhibits you’ll find if you visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. We’ll also draw your attention to the white roses placed by the names of those lost in the 1993 and 2001 attacks who were born on the day of your visit.
The stops on our daytime “Discover NY” and nighttime “Big Apple in Lights” evening NYC bus tours take on special meaning in September: from Federal Hall and Trinity Church, to the boat cruise past the Statue of Liberty and the quintessentially New York lights of Times Square. If you take our evening NYC bus tour on September 11th, you’ll have a clear view of the Towers of Light that shine every year when we stop under the Brooklyn Bridge.
After you’ve visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with us, consider showing your support for the people and the character of New York City by visiting Queens!
This most diverse of boroughs embodies the immigrant spirit and American dream that no attack on our city could ever destroy. At this time of year, it’s also home to the US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Full of red, white, and blue (hardcourts), the US Open embodies the best and brashest of New York City character. The marquee games go as late as 2 AM, fitting for a city that never sleeps! The best players in the world get to let their hair down and their personalities out — and the celebrations are as hard hitting as the forehands! At the end of every match, the victor signs three balls and hits them into the upper decks. The energy is especially electric whenever an American lands in the final so close to September 11th, as Serena Williams has done so often recently.
Don’t miss Flushing Meadows Corona Park right next door when you visit. It’s the fourth largest park in the city and home to the Queens Museum and Zoo, as well as the Mets’ home at Citi Field. There’s a wonderful photo op at the Unisphere, an iconic symbol of the diversity of Queens and New York City built for the 1964 World’s Fair.
So, this September, join USA Guided Tours in honoring those whose lives were lost on September 11th with our visits to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty, and other patriotic sights. Then, turn your commemorations into celebrations by heading to Flushing Meadows in Queens: that melting pot neighborhood that symbolizes the best of New York City.
Sara Murphy | USA Guided Tours NY Blog Contributor