File photo: Katie Morosky

Thousands of people flocked to downtown Riverhead last night to watch a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show put on by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and the Town of Riverhead. 

Live music by Jetstream and Brady Rymer drew hundreds to the Peconic Riverfront in the hours leading up to the pyrotechnic display. Kids of all ages were entertained by jugglers, an acrobat, and face-painting. 

“While walking up and down Main Street, I was amazed by how many businesses had lines of guests eager and ready to place their orders,” Riverhead BID Management Association president Steven Shauger said this morning. “Our downtown has so much to offer and events like these are a great reminder how far we have come and why it is so important to support our downtown businesses,” he said. The event went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, sponsors and downtown businesses, Shauger said.

As dusk gathered, throngs of people filled the riverfront park, the parking lot, the streets and sidewalks of the downtown district and even its rooftops. Riverhead Fire Department’s Red Bird Hook and Ladder Co. sent its 102-foot ladder truck, from which firefighters kept a close eye on the blasts detonated in Grangebel Park that sent rockets into the sky over Riverhead.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Katie Blasl, Peter Blasl and Denise Civiletti

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