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At this time of year, it is common to encounter what may appear to be sick, injured, or orphaned young animals in the park. Most often, these animals are fine and should be left alone!
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Memorial Day Weekend Information

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29
See below for information on park operations during the holiday weekend, or click here for a summary.

Updated: May 28, 2017

Fees Notice
Parking fee collection begins Memorial Day weekend at picnic areas and boat basins.

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Thu, 9 AM – 4:30 PM | Fri to Sun, 9 AM – 5:30 PM | closed Mon, Tue, Wed. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.
Mon, May 29: Gas dock OPEN.

Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.

Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue. Snack Shack open Tue to Fri, 10 AM – 4 PM | Sat & Sun, 10 AM – 6 PM | closed Mon. (Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack customers.)

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking 7 days (click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only) Fri–Tue $20 for trailer launch, $10 for car-top launch.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle + Undercliff Picnic Area to Alpine circle CLOSED to vehicles.

Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.
Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon to Fri, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only) $10 weekends & holidays, $5 Mon, Tue, Fri.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Café & bookshop) open 7 days, 9:30 AM – 5 PM.
Trails: Open daylight hours.

Ongoing Project
ONGOING: Intermittent closures on Shore Trail from Englewood to Ross Dock for construction.

Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (no parking fee).

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

*Scheduled maintenance closures are subject to change due to weather and other factors.

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The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey hosts a number of events each year when visitors can experience what it may have been like in the mid-19th century — when Mrs. Kearney, a widow who had brought up nine children at the house, also kept a dockside tavern there.

A candlelit Kearney House looking pretty for an evening event.

Behind the Times: Tues. evenings, June 27 and July 11 & 18


 

“Behind the Times” at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern

Open to all – no reservations needed!

Behind the Times at Mrs. Kearney's tavern

On a few long evenings this summer, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will continue the tradition of Rachel Kearney, who in the nineteenth century kept a dockside tavern in the historic house that now bears her family name. Park staff will invite visitors to leave the twenty-first century for a few hours, and to return to a time of simpler pleasures. Called “Behind the Times,” the programs will be held on Tuesday evenings, June 27 and July 11 and 18, from 7 to 9 PM. Staff dressed in period garb will serve lemonade, watermelon, and other summer treats for visitors, as they share tales of life along the river in the days of steamships and sloops. Outside on the lawn, children of all ages can learn the techniques of “hoops” and “graces” and other period amusements, while just inside Thaddeus MacGregor, a musician and teacher from Englewood, and the historic house’s official “tavern musician,” will entertain visitors with music and songs of Mrs. Kearney’s day.

At around 8:15 each evening, Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter who manages the site, will read aloud from a story, poem, or essay of the period.

“Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015.

The historic Kearney House, where these scenes will unfold this summer, is the oldest structure in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey. Now kept as a historic house for visitors to explore and learn from, a century and a half ago, a widow named Rachel Kearney kept a riverfront tavern there — even as she brought up nine children in the same house. Mrs. Kearney’s tavern became a favorite haunt of river captains and crews of the sailing vessels that came and went daily from the docks at “Closter Landing” — now the park’s Alpine Boat Basin area — as well as for the quarrymen, dock workers, and tradesmen who called the Landing home. As the brochure for the little house explains, “Gossip, strongly argued political opinions, the latest joke — all would have been shared within these walls.”

“Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015. “Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015. “Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015. “Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015. “Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015. “Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015.

The Kearney House is on the riverfront at the park’s Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 2, or from Alpine Approach Road off U.S. Route 9W north of Closter Dock Road (click here for detailed directions). To be held rain or shine, the “Behind the Times” programs are free and open to all, and are intended for visitors of all ages, adults and children alike. No reservations are needed, and visitors are welcome to come and go as they wish over the course of the evening.

“It’s a lot like running an actual tavern of the time and place we’re trying to bring to life,” Nelsen noted. “We really don’t know who’s likely to show up…”

For more information, call 201 768-1360 ext. 108.

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