Live music at Alive on 25 in 2019 delights festival-goers. File photo:: Denise Civiletti

Downtown Riverhead’s Alive on 25 summer street festival kicks off this Friday with fireworks and a Long Island Antique Power Association tractor show. 

The free walkable street festival, organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association, features live music on multiple stages, local craft beverages, food trucks, street dining, vendors, local artisans, face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers and activities on Main Street and the Peconic Riverfront.

Alive on 25 has been moved from Thursdays to Fridays this year, and will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on July 1, July 15, July 29 and Aug. 12, with a rain date on Aug. 19.

The fireworks show on Friday will start at 9 p.m.

Fireworks at Alive on 25 in July 2021. File photo: Diane Tucci

Every date this year will include a car show on Peconic Avenue. Riverhead Raceway cars will be displayed on July 15; vintage cars will be displayed on July 29; and Riverhead drag race cars will be displayed on August 12.

Reflextions: Art in the Park, the light and art show in Grangebel Park, will be held in conjunction with Alive on 25 on Aug. 12.

The festival will also feature a Gel Blaster and fun zone at the East End Arts campus, and Team Fun after-dark LED circus performers will light up the event on July 15, July 29 and August 12. 

No smoking or vaping of tobacco or marijuana is permitted within the event zone. McDermott Avenue will be open for two-way traffic to create a bypass between Main Street and Peconic Avenue during the event. The bypass will be closed July 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. because of the firework show.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]