Alive on 25 drew thousands to downtown Riverhead July 5, 2018. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Main Street will be closed to traffic today starting at 3 p.m. for the Alive on 25 street festival and Independence Day fireworks event, Riverhead Town Police announced in a press release last night.

Main Street will be closed from Ostrander to Griffing avenues, police said. Peconic Avenue will be also be closed to traffic. The roads will remain closed for the duration of the event and should reopen after 10 p.m., according to the police press release.

Last year, the street festival and fireworks display drew thousands of people to downtown Riverhead. With pleasant weather and clear skies in the forecast this evening, organizers expect a similar turnout.

Alive on 25 takes place today from 5 to 9:30 p.m.. The fireworks display will follow. It will be staged in Grangebel Park and will be viewable from the Peconic Riverfront park and from various downtown locations. The park will be closed for the fireworks setup and show.

Visitors should use the municipal parking lots north of Main Street, including the lot on Griffing Avenue at Railroad Avenue and on Court Street and Osborn Avenue. Parking is also available at the county center in Riverside.

The popular street festival, now in its fourth season, features live music on six stages, free kids’ activities, a classic car show, food trucks and vendors along Main Street. It continues on Thursday evenings July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. (Season rain date: Aug. 22).

July 18 will also mark the season debut of “Art in the Park – Reflections” which lights up Grangebel Park with reflective and lighted art installations. The show wowed visitors in its debut season last summer and promises to do the same in its 2019 encore. “Reflections” returns on Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 16 and 17, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28.

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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.