The upcoming three-day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and there will be plenty of sunshine to bask in all weekend long, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the 70s will make the weather perfect for outdoor activities around town. Here’s a sample of what’s on tap this weekend.

Fireworks by Grucci will light up the skies Saturday night at Tanger Outlets, for the conclusion of the center’s “Memorial Day Weekend Block Party,” featuring food vendors and children’s arts and crafts. The fireworks display begins at 8:45 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, May 26.)

The 23rd Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival takes place in downtown Riverhead Sunday.

This free family-friendly event is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition celebrating the arts. Make a chalk painting on the pavement or stroll along Main Street watching the artists create their chalk masterpieces. Enjoy live music, theater, drumming, dance and a fine arts and crafts fair, roo.

The festival runs from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (Rain date: Monday, May 27, from 2 to 5 p.m.)

Wreaths were laid at war memorial sites in Riverhead during solemn ceremonies marking Memorial Day 2018. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Memorial Day observances are held on Monday, beginning with a parade that steps off on Osborn Avenue and Pulaski Street at 10 a.m. The parade proceeds to the World War I monument on the corner of Court and West Main streets, where ceremonies are held on the lawn. The parade continues down Main Street to Roanoke Avenue, then proceeds north on Roanoke to St. John’s Place, where services are conducted at St. John’s Cemetery. The parade continues to Riverhead Cemetery on Pulaski Street, where services are conducted at the Civil War monument. It concludes with services at the War Memorial on the corner of Osborn and Pulaski.

Calverton National Cemetery also hosts Memorial Day services Monday, starting at 1 p.m.

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File photo: Peter Blasl

Town beaches will open for the season at 11 a.m. Saturday. Lifeguards and beach attendants will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays only — and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

As of June 22, town beaches will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking permits are required at all town beach facilities from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. They may be purchased at a beach whenever a beach attendant is on duty. Permits are available at the Shade Tree Center, 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue and at all town beaches from 10 am to 5 pm in season.

Annual parking permits cost $15 for residents and $5 for senior residents (age 60+). They are free for veteran residents. Non residents pay $200 annually. Daily parking permits are $35. Beach access for 4×4 vehicles costs $55 per year.

Parking permit applications may be downloaded at the Riverhead Recreation Department website here.

There’s lots to do all weekend long from a “Salute to Veterans” concert performed by the North Shore Community Band Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River — to live music at the vineyards and theater (“The Drowsy Chaperone” at North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck). For details on what’s happening, check the RiverheadLOCAL events calendar.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.