Riverhead, NY

Alive on 25 making a 2021 return in Downtown Riverhead

Ryan Magill

After a 2020 hiatus due to COVID-19, Downtown Riverhead’s “Alive on 25” is making a comeback.

An initiative begun by the Riverhead Business Improvement District (BID) designed to help local businesses, the free street fest has been an East End summer staple for years. Food trucks, breweries, restaurants, artists, street vendors and other businesses have used Alive on 25 (AO25) as a local showcase at the height of the Hamptons and North Fork tourist season on Long Island. In many of the pre-COVID years, hundreds of visitors and locals alike would take to the streets to enjoy a night on the town.

With last year’s social distancing guidelines, however, AO25 was not possible. But with New York allowing mass gatherings, AO25 has the eager support of many in the town to make its return.

“As we re-emerge post-COVID, we are anticipating an exceptional turnout for our 2021 events,” the BID said in a June press release. “The lack of festivals on Long Island for summer 2021 has positioned the Riverhead BID as a pioneer of renewal; a game-changer for the organization and community. AO25 was the first street festival scheduled to return for early-summer. Gone are the days of Riverhead trailing behind other downtowns and events! With a revised safety and operational plan in hand, the Riverhead BID won over local and regional officials, receiving an overwhelmingly positive response, and approval for bringing AO25 back to life.”

AO25 will return on Thursday, July 15th, opening with a Car Show and Fireworks. The festival will be held every two weeks until August 19th.

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