Kite Flight for Peace & Human Rights 2019, FDR Four Freedoms Park

Every September, coordinated with theĀ International Day of Peace, FDR Four Freedoms Park hosts Kite Flight for Peace & Human Rights. Locally, the event coincides with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's Fall for Arts Festival. This year's festivals happen on September 28th.

"Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, International Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace."

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, an internationally acclaimed site directly across the East River channel from the United Nations, continues its tradition of celebrating freedom and peace by hosting a free event that turns its graceful sloping meadow into a field of joyful kite flying.

"Visitors are invited to design and fly kites selecting stripes, colors, and symbols that represent personal ideas about peace and freedom," the Park's website says.

"Visitors of all ages will discover the fun of constructing and flying their very own kite, guaranteed to soar in the lightest of winds. Kite-making workshops are free and suitable for all ages."

Other highlight activities:


The Roosevelt Island branch Library will host story time sessions at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Join one of our favorite librarians, Jennifer Minehardt, as she reads books about peace and human rights, plays games, and offer fun give-aways.


Share your messages of gratitude with Deployed Troops, Veterans, New Recruits & First Responders at our special letter writing station in partnership with Operation Gratitude.

All activities are free, but Four Freedoms Park asks that you register for the kite making workshops. This helps estimate how much in supplies will be needed.