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Replica of Henry Hudson's Ship, Half Moon, Sails Connecticut

Ship will give tours at Riverfest in Hartford.

Patch contributors Peter and Virginia Galgano were on their boat this past weekend when all of a sudden on Monday afternoon, they heard boats sounding their air horns.

When they looked up, they saw an old sailing vessel.  

Peter took photos. The sailing ship is a full size replica of the Half Moon. This is the ship Henry Hudson sailed on in 1609. It is going to be at the Hartford Riverfest on Saturday July 9th.

The ship is photographed passing the Harbor Park area between Middletown and Portland. 

Hartford Riverfest 4th of July Celebration

What is Hartford Riverfest?

If you want to celebrate Independence Day in the Hartford, Connecticut, area, head to the Connecticut River. The 31st annual Hartford Riverfest is a multi-venue Fourth of July celebration featuring events throughout the day on both sides of the river. Riverfest is family-friendly, non-alcoholic and free.

When is Hartford Riverfest?

Hartford Riverfest is usually held the Saturday closest to the 4th of July. For 2011, the date for the annual Hartford Riverfest is Saturday, July 9. The rain date is Sunday, July 10.

What Are the Highlights of Hartford Riverfest?

Hartford Riverfest features concerts, displays and children's activities, plus food and beverages available for purchase. Riverfest 2011 features the chance to tour a replica of Henry Hudson's ship, The Half Moon; a 17th-century village populated by reenactors; Airborne Jugglers; music by a variety of bands and ensembles including River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, Michael Cleary Band, Shaded Soul and Little Big Band; plus, a spectacular, high-tech fireworks display over the Connecticut River fired from three barges and synchronized to music beginning at 9 p.m.

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