Anzac Day in New York, 2021

This year Anzac Day falls on Sunday April 25, 2021. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealand women and men who served in all wars to defend their country.

On Anzac Day we pay our respects to all those who have served in our militaries and reflect on their courage and sacrifice. We remember those who never returned, those who were injured from battle and those who maintained the home front. We acknowledge those who are currently serving. 

AWNY has put together the following list of virtual and in-person events so that Australians and New Zealanders can honor Anzac Day in New York.

field of red poppies with green grass against a pale blue sky

Virtual Dawn Service

Anzac Day 2020 Livestream, Hosted by the New Zealand and Australian Consuls-General
The annual Anzac Day Dawn Services and Commemorative Church Services that are usually held in New York and Washington DC will not take place in person this year. Instead, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies will be livestreaming an Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Date & time: Sunday April 25, 5.45am EDT streaming on Facebook.

Anzac Day Catering

Aussie Pies and Sausages
Aussie bakery based in Los Angeles is offering an Anzac Day package, including party pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons and Anzac bikkies. (Online)

Australian Bakery Cafe
Aussie bakery based in Marietta, Georgia is offering Anzac Day specials via online ordering, including Anzac biscuits, meat pies, sausage rolls, sausages for the bbq. Order by April 19th. (Online)

Boomerang Bites
Hoboken-based, Aussie woman owned artisanal bakery, Boomerang Bites cares about your tastebuds and the community. In recognition of the tremendous sacrifices of veterans they will be donating 20% of their profits for the remainder of April towards the Disabled Veterans Program whose mission is to support injured veterans and their families. Order online! Free delivery to Hoboken/Weehawken/Jersey City.

Hoboken locals can join Boomerang Bites in celebrating veterans while enjoying a delicious box of bites, at Mainstpops, Sunday April 18 from 11am to 4pm under the 14th St viaduct. (Online)

Pie + Tart
Aussie urban bakery located just a short drive out of NYC, will be featuring an Anzac Apple pie, a variation on a Gourmet Traveler recipe. Made twice before, it’s a delicious combination of “American as apple pie” and “Australia’s favorite” Anzac biscuit. Available for pre-order online from evening of April 17th. Pies can be picked up April 22nd-April 24th. (Easton, PA)

If you’re looking for Anzac biscuits or want to make your own you can find more info here.

In-Person Get Togethers in New York

ANZAC Day service in Manhattan at St John’s in the Village
St John’s in the Village warmly welcomes New Zealanders and Australians to this year’s Anzac Day commemoration followed by drinks. They’re joined by guest speaker the Right Reverend Andrew St John, former Bishop of Geelong (in Victoria, Australia), Anglican Church of Australia. Music is by New Zealander and Australian composers, sung by St John’s professional Choir.

Face-coverings must be worn indoors, but are not required outdoors. Seats indoors are six-foot distanced. Please register for catering purposes.

Date & Time: Sunday April 25, 11am-1.30pm
Location: Saint John’s In the Village, 218 West 11th Street, New York

New York Magpies Anzac Day Sausage Sizzle
In honor of Anzac Day, the New York Magpies’ players, family members and friends will gather for a picnic in Prospect Park to commemorate the holiday. There will be a moment of silence and recognition at the start of the event, followed by food, drinks and games. Adult tickets include a sausage sandwich, 1 beer, cookie and koozie. Participants can BYO drinks, food, games, blankets, etc.

Date & Time: Sunday April 25, 1 – 5pm
Location: Prospect Park, Picnic House, South (grill area)

Virtual Get Togethers in New York

Online Gathering and Trivia Competition Hosted by The Australian Community
The Australian Community are bringing together Australians across the USA with this online Zoom and Facebook gathering. There’s a talented line-up of performers who will be singing the National Anthems, reading poetry, letters, and performing songs that reflect the spirit of the occasion.

Immediately following the formalities, they will be hosting their world-renowned Trivia Competition. This year to celebrate the 40th-anniversary of its original release, they will be featuring questions from Peter Weir’s landmark 1981 film, Gallipoli. There are some great prizes to give away, donated by Australian Businesses.

Date & Time: Sunday April 25, 12 – 2pm

In-Person Get Togethers Outside New York

Anzac Day Commemorative Service in Boston
The American Australian Association invites members and friends to attend an in-person ANZAC Day Commemorative Service in Boston. In lieu of a collections plate and reception this year, you’re invite to donate to the American Australian Association Veterans’ Fund.

Date & Time: Saturday April 24, 10am
Location: World War II Memorial, Back Bay Fens, Boston

2021 Anzac Day Service & BBQ in Phoenix, Arizona
Join AZ Pie Guys for this year’s Anzac Day Service and community BBQ. Service will be held at 1:00 PM sharp with The AZ Pie Guys to provide a BBQ with Aussie Snags and hamburgers to follow. Please feel free to bring along a few beverages to enjoy. $5 suggested donation per person. All welcome, feel free to bring friends and family.

Date & Time: Saturday April 24, 2pm
Location: Papago Park in Tempe. Corner of College Ave and Curry Rd, Phoenix, Arizona

Events in Australia

Anzac Day 2021: Australia Broadcasting Corporation Coverage
Tune into the ABC for Anzac Day coverage and pay your respects from wherever you are. The ABC will broadcast the National Commemorative Service live from Sunday April 25, 4.30am AEST, including a minute silence around 6am AEST. Coverage includes commemorations and local marches in towns and cities around Australia as well as special Anzac Day programming.

Date & Time: Sunday April 25, 4.30am AEST

Events in New Zealand

Stand At Dawn, Presented by RSA and New Zealand Defense Force
Remember those who given their lives and pay respects for the many thousands of military people who are serving or have served, who are called upon to support New Zealand in times of war, conflict and disasters. Stand at your letterbox, front door, lounge rooms, balcony, etc. Wherever you are in the world, stand and take a moment to remember the fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’. Tune into Radio NZ for the official dawn service broadcast.

Date & Time: Saturday April 25, 6am NZST on Facebook.

At-Home Activities

The Dept of Veterans’ Affairs presents a guide for personal commemorative services, including learning activities for kids and virtual tours.

Stand At Dawn presents educational activities for kids including making a poppy and baking Anzac biscuits. Plus there are some downloadable coloring sheets!

Have you heard about any other virtual Anzac Day events in NYC and beyond?

Let us know via email or on Facebook, and we’ll help spread the word.

Author: Angela Tohl

Adelaide-born Angela came to New York in search of the ultimate adventure, by way of Australia and Japan. She juggles technical and copywriting projects, with chasing her kids around (usually on roller skates). Find Angela on Twitter @angelatohl and at Image credit: Susie Lang

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