9/11 20th Anniversary In New York City
September 9, 2021
At gatherings around the five boroughs on Saturday, New Yorkers will mark a solemn occasion: the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 that took nearly 3,000 lives.
a large body of water with a city in the background: The Tribute In Light shines into the sky from Lower Manhattan during a test on September 7, 2021. The lights will be visible on Saturday, one of many tributes across the city.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Tribute In Light shines into the sky from Lower Manhattan during a test on September 7, 2021. The lights will be visible on Saturday, one of many tributes across the city.
The most prominent event will be the annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, in which the name of each victim will be read aloud. The memorial will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. - the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center's north tower.
It will run through about 1 p.m., with a visit from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expected at some point during the day.
Thugh the in-person event is open only to families of 9/11 victims, many cable networks including CNN, C-SPAN and NBC will be broadcasting live.
Here is an partial list of other 9/11 memorial events happening around the city this weekend:
Tribute in Light
The now-iconic annual tribute consists of a pair of light beams cast into the night sky, symbolizing the void left by the twin towers. This year's tribute will be visible starting at dusk on Sept. 11, viewable until dawn as far as 60 miles away from Manhattan.
St. Paul's Chapel Remembers 9/11
From 9 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday, clearly will be present at St. Paul's Chapel to offer support and prayers, joined on Saturday by musical interludes and readings between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
NYC Still Rising After 20 Years: A Comedy Celebration
A star-studded lineup of comedy greats will perform at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. Sunday, with proceeds benefiting 9/11 charities. Tickets were still available as of Thursday.
Onyx Collective: Holy Ground Land of Two Towers
Starting 7 p.m. Saturday at the Abrons Arts Center - part of the Lower East Side's Henry Street Settlement - this jazz concert by the jazz ensemble Onyx Collective will celebrate the city and feature a host of local guest artists.
9/11 Twentieth Remembrance Sunrise Ceremony
This community commemorative event will showcase music, poetry and reflections at dawn on Saturday - drawing from a neighborhood tradition that began in the years after 9/11. It will start 7 a.m. at the John Finley Walk at Carl Schurz Park - entrance on East 86th Street and East End Avenue.