The City of Syracuse would like to thank the Bank of America for their corporate sponsorship of Clinton Square.
Clinton Square has had a long history of being the gathering place for Central New Yorkers and their guests. In keeping with this tradition, the Square, while its undergone numerous transformation in its 100-plus-year history, is still where tens of thousands of residents get together every year -- whether it’s to skate from late November through mid-March, to take part in a benefit walk or run, or to celebrate at one of the many festivals held in the Square from early May through October.
Those vendors interested in participating in any of the festivals listed need to contact the individual promoters for more information. For a list of the festivals and promoters, please email Mary Beth Roach at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the events' websites.
For more information on parking or other points of interest in downtown Syracuse, visit www.downtownsyracuse.com.
For a brochure on the historic Clinton and Hanover Squares, click Walking Tour Brochure of Historic Clinton & Hanover Squares
For information on the skating rink, click Ice Skating Rink
- From the North – Route 81 southbound and exit at Clinton Street. Follow Clinton Street to Clinton Square.
- From the South – Route 81 northbound. Exit at Adams Street and continue north to East Washington Street. Take a left onto East Washington Street and continue west on East Washington Street to South Salina Street. Take a right onto South Salina Street, and Clinton Square will be in the next block.
- From the West – Route 690 eastbound to West Genesee Street street exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto West Genesee Street, and continue eastbound on West Genesee Street to Clinton Street. Clinton Square is bounded on the north by West Genesee Street.
- From the East – Route 690 westbound to Townsend Street exit. Take a left onto Townsend Street and continue south on Townsend Street to East Washington Street. Turn right onto East Washington Street, and continue west to South Salina Street. Take a right onto South Salina Street, and Clinton Square will be in the next block.
Clinton Square, in the heart of downtown Syracuse, has a long and rich history as the center of the Central New York community.
When the construction of the Erie Canal came through downtown Syracuse in the mid-1800s, the Square quickly became a center for trading and business.
Dedicated in 1910, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, on the northern side of the Square, honors the Civil War veterans from the area. On the western side of the Square sits the Jerry Rescue Monument, which commemorates the rescue of a fugitive slave by citizens in 1851.
The Square has undergone several redesigns over the years, and in 2001, the Square was transformed into a wonderful venue that is reflective of its history. During the spring, summer and fall months, thousands of people attend a wide variety of festivals, all celebrating the diversity, culture and talents of Central New York. During the winter months, the reflecting pool in the center of the Square, which symbolizes where the Erie Canal once ran, is a skating rink, reminiscent of the years when Syracusans skated on the canal waters.