The New York State Parks' Centennial Community Day Celebration at Grant Cottage State Historic Site (Saratoga/Capital District) on June 15, 2024, commemorates a century of preserving natural landscapes, historic sites, and recreational spaces. Established in 1924, the New York State Parks system has grown to include over 250 parks, offering diverse outdoor experiences from the majestic Niagara Falls to the tranquil Adirondack Mountains.

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The celebration honors this rich legacy with a day filled with activities for all ages. Civil War reenactors will transport attendees back in time, while guided tours of Grant Cottage provide insight into its historical significance. Families can enjoy pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo, all free of charge. Live music by the Adirondack Song Dogs sets the mood, complemented by delicious offerings from food trucks and free cake for all to enjoy.

Something For Everyone

For those with a sweet tooth, Mr. Ding-A-Ling Ice Cream Truck will be on-site, offering free bomb pop juniors to the first 100 kids. Meanwhile, both kids and adults can participate in free games and a scavenger hunt, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities. Under the tent, guests can relax and enjoy free entertainment throughout the day, including performances by Juggle This, adding an extra dash of fun and skill to the celebration.

In the spirit of the occasion, attendees are encouraged to embrace history by wearing their own historical costumes. This celebration not only highlights the achievements of the past century but also reinforces the importance of preserving New York's natural and cultural heritage for future generations.


The Centennial Community Day Celebration serves as a testament to the enduring bond between New Yorkers and their state parks, emphasizing the values of conservation, education, and recreation. Don't miss out on this special event, where fun, history, and community spirit come together to celebrate 100 years of New York State Parks.

These Popular State Parks In Central New York All Offer Something Different

As a long-time Upstate New York resident who loves to enjoy the great outdoors, there is one thing I know - there is NO shortage of state parks in New York, and where I live in Oneonta, there are as many as 7 state parks to enjoy nearby within the counties of Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego. See for yourself below.

Gallery Credit: Leslie Ann, TSM Oneonta