July 4 at the 9/11 Memorial

A man in black shorts and a red top carries a large American flag as he places a smaller one alongside names on the 9/11 Memorial.
Photo by Monika Graff

Our annual July 4 tradition continues Sunday, when volunteers will place 2,983 American flags in the engraved names on the 9/11 Memorial, in honor of those killed on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. This year, volunteers from Team Red, White & Blue and Blue Star Families Craig Newmark Tri State Chapter, non-profits dedicated to helping veterans thrive and enriching their lives, will place the flags on the Memorial's bronze parapets. 

If you are visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, you are welcome to leave tributes on the parapets, on the 9/11 Memorial Glade, and at the Survivor Tree. The 9/11 Memorial is open to the public, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is open Thursday–Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about planning your visit here

Just one year ago on Independence Day, the 9/11 Memorial reopened, ending a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg, along with other leaders and community members, welcomed back 9/11 families, frontline workers, and visitors.

“As we recognize our independence and honor our freedoms, and those who protect them, the opening of the 9/11 Memorial symbolizes how we as a country can endure, persevere, come together, and rebuild even after living through dark and uncertain times,” Bloomberg said. “The 9/11 Memorial is a beacon of hope as this city recovers from a health crisis, and it will provide inspiration to many around the world.”

Read more about the 2020 reopening here.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a powerful symbol of our country’s resilience. It’s your generosity that makes our mission possible. Learn more on how you can support our mission.

By Nate Crystal, Government and Community Affairs Intern, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

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