The Tugboat Roundup began in 1999 with just two tugs and a handful of maritime enthusiasts. It has since grown into New York's largest maritime festival.
Each year, the weekend after Labor Day, tugs, their crews, and their fans gather for three days of celebrating at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and the Erie and Champlain Canals. The festival features over 30 vessels including working tugs, historic tugs, barges, mini-tugs and more. Eighty vendors line the shore, live music plays all three days, and fun for kids abounds at Lock 2.
The weekend begins with a Tugboat Parade up the Hudson River. Tugs tours, vendors, and children's activities are available all weekend. Presentations and round tables are scheduled throughout the event. Saturday night features a spectacular fireworks show.