To celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the federal government is throwing a party at Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight with appearances from Bill Nye (the Science Guy), DJ Questlove, and the first-ever chance for New Yorkers to change the color of the One World Trade Center spire.
The event is the third in the summerlong Park Exchange series in honor of the National Park Service centennial.
“National parks reflect the innovative spirit of America, because, after all, they embody one of our nation’s most revolutionary ideas — that some of the most beautiful landscapes, iconic historical sites, and culturally significant places should belong to every American,” said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service.
The centennial celebration begins at 1:00 p.m., with an ice cream social sponsored by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Bill Nye and the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, will speak at 7:45 p.m., and then DJ Questlove takes the stage from 8 to 10 p.m. One World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge Park also partnered up to allow attendees to control the color of the WTC’s spire by collaborating to solve interactive puzzles on a giant circuit board.
There’s also a variety of kid-friendly programming — see the full schedule here.