The Riverhead Business Improvement District’s annual fireworks show has been canceled due to the rain.
“The weather was just too bad,” said BID past president Ray Pickersgill. “We were told by Bay Fireworks and the Fire Marshal’s office that if the wind was too strong we couldn’t do it. I think the ground is a little shaky because of all the rain, too.”
Ultimately, it was a town fire marshal who made the call, BID vice president Martin Sendlewski said in an email.
The 6 p.m. pre-fireworks concert was canceled earlier Friday, according to the BID.
Mr. Pickersgill said the fireworks will be rescheduled for a later date that has not yet been determined.
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Hundreds packed downtown Riverhead’s riverfront parking lot along the Peconic River July 4 for a concert and fireworks show.
The annual event, hosted by the downtown Riverhead Business Improvement District, featured Grammy award-nominated family musician Brady Rymer.
The firework show later lit up the night.
Before the riverfront festivities, The Suffolk Theater hosted a free show with food and live music downtown.
“FREEdom Fest” featured the band GI Jivester and ran from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The North Fork is preparing for another star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, with parades, music, fireworks and all the patriotic trimmings taking place between Wednesday, July 3, and Sunday, July 7. Barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and corn on the cob? Sorry, you’re on your own there.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s Independence Day events:
• Fourth of July concert and fireworks on the Peconic riverfront in Riverhead starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Brady Rymer performs, followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.
• Fireworks on Wednesday, July 3, and Saturday, July 6, at 10 p.m. are part of the Greenport firemen’s carnival taking place from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6, at the Polo Grounds on Moore’s Lane. The event, which includes rides, games and food, is hosted by Phenix Hook & Ladder Company and Relief Hose Company.
• A family festival carnival fundraiser for Peconic Bay Medical Center will include fireworks on Saturday, July 6, at 9:30 p.m. The carnival runs from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, on Route 25A in Wading River and includes rides, food and vendors. The event is hosted by PBMC board member Kenn Barra and the PBMC Auxiliary.
• Shelter Island’s fireworks display, usually visible from parts of Southold, has been pushed back to Saturday, July 13.
• The New Suffolk Civic Association’s Fourth of July parade starts at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, at the corner of Tuttle and New Suffolk roads and proceeds to the town beach.
• The Southold Village Merchants’ Fourth of July parade steps off at noon on Thursday, July 4. Children riding bicycles decorated in red, white and blue may line up at 11:45 a.m. on Hobart Road.
Readers from across the area submitted photos over the past few weeks in the Riverhead News-Review’s first Fourth of July photo contest. The winning photo, above, is on the cover of this week’s paper.
Click the slideshow below to see more of the top entries: