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First Friday Poughkeepsie Kick-Off Ceremony – Friday, April 1st




(Free and open to the general public)

LOCATION: Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street
TIME: 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Join Mayor Rob Rolison and County Executive Marcus Molinaro for the launch of First Friday Poughkeepsie. Brief remarks from the Mayor and County Executive, as well as…

  • LIVE saxophone music courtesy of HAROLD KIMBLE!
  • FREE cold-brew coffee from Poughkeepsie’s OWN coffee roaster…NORTH RIVER ROASTERS!
  • FREE sweets from CAFFE AURORA of Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy!
  • FREE donuts from DUNKIN’ DONUTS!
  • FREE First Friday Poughkeepsie buttons!

After the Kick-Off Ceremony, everyone is invited to enjoy First Friday Poughkeepsie’s featured events, listed below…

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Poughkeepsie’s Monthly ‘First Friday’ Celebrations Kick Off April 1st

buzzisbackPoughkeepsie’s new monthly “First Friday” celebrations will begin with a flourish at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House on Friday, April 1st, according to City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Mayor Rolison said that First Friday Poughkeepsie will be a monthly celebration of the city’s cultural, dining and entertainment offerings, highlighting “the best of Poughkeepsie” to create a unique and fun atmosphere in the city on the first Friday of every month. Organized in concert with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and representatives from downtown cultural venues and businesses, First Friday Poughkeepsie provides downtown office workers and city residents with opportunities to socialize together in downtown Poughkeepsie after work.

“I ran on a campaign of bringing the buzz back to Poughkeepsie and am excited to continue doing that with First Friday Poughkeepsie. This idea was brought to me by my wife, Lori, and I thought it was a fantastic one,” said Mayor Rolison. “Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reaching out to local businesses, community leaders, civic groups and cultural organizations. The response has been fantastic. Lori and I are excited to work with these partners – and anyone else who would like to join us – to make the first Friday of every month a showcase of what makes Poughkeepsie great.” Continue reading Poughkeepsie’s Monthly ‘First Friday’ Celebrations Kick Off April 1st

Wreath Laying Ceremony In Memory of Councilman J. Tracy Hermann

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Council Chairman Chris Petsas will lead a wreath laying ceremony on behalf of the city and all city employees in memory of Councilman Tracy Hermann. The ceremony will be held at the Memorial Bell at City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza)  on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm. All are welcome to join us in remembering Councilman Hermann.

Ceremony to Commemorate the History of Shipbuilding in Poughkeepsie

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Shipyard Point (176 Rinaldi Blvd., lower lot of Shadows on the Hudson)

The bronze plaque set in local blue-stone commemorates over 100 years of shipbuilding in Poughkeepsie 1775- c.1890. This pivotal period officially began after the Continental Congress authorized Poughkeepsie to construct the two frigates CONGRESS and MONTGOMERY on December 13, 1775. The two vessels were completed at Poughkeepsie’s Shipyard Point in November, 1776 and were engaged in the Battle of Fort Montgomery in October, 1777, only to be scuttled and burned by the Americans themselves. This action caused the British to delay its advance up the Hudson River and thus helped turn the tide of the War away from the Hudson River Valley. Over the ensuing years many other significant sea and river vessels would be built at Poughkeepsie including the Steamboat RELIANCE, constructed in 1854 as a commercial vessel, was given to the U.S. Government in April, 1861 and was used as a transport vessel for Union troops to fight in the Civil War.

Mayor John Tkazyik and City Historian George Lukacs officially invite you to attend this acknowledgement of a significant historic location on the Hudson on Thursday, November 12th at 10am, Shipyard Point (lower lot of Shadows on the Hudson, 176 Rinaldi Blvd.) Revolutionary War reenactment uniform and historic overview will be provided by Colonel James M. Johnson of the Hudson River Valley Institute.

Reenactment members of the 150th Civil War Regiment will also be present to fire a rifle salute to the military contributions of Poughkeepsie’s ship building. Other invited guests will be present to contribute their respect for this historic location and salute the contributions of the millions of American Veterans.

Any questions please contact Historian George Lukacs, [email protected], or call (845)891-5380.

Media Advisory: “SAFER Grant” Press Conference

505 Main Street
(Public Safety Building)
Thursday, July 30th
12:00 PM

Congressman Maloney and Mayor Tkazyik will announce the City of Poughkeepsie as a recipient of the “SAFER Grant”, which will entitle the City to 7 additional firefighters with complete support from the Federal Government.

Mayor Calls for Additional Measures in Light of Recent Shootings and Homicides

There will be a press conference in the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Chambers (City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza) on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11am.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Additional overtime for Police patrols, including foot patrols
  • The seeking of funds from New York State for Anti-Violence Disrupter Programs modeled after other community’s programs
  • Meetings with Dutchess County and other agencies for additional resources
  • The formation of steering committee to implement a Civil Patrol program
  • Increased community awareness of the City’s Cash for Tips program

“I encourage continued cooperation by the public with the City’s Police Department. In the past, cooperation has resulted in a number of leads that were pursued by detectives. If you have any information, please call City Police at 845-451-4000 or the City’s tip line at 845-451-7577,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

The City of Poughkeepsie will host the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 4th at dusk (approx. 9:20pm).  The best places to view the show are from Waryas Park (free)The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (tickets required), or the Walkway Over the Hudson (tickets required).

Waryas Park will be closed to vehicles beginning at 2pm on Saturday, July 4th.

Free parking is available in all municipal lots during the event. On-street metered parking is free. Handicap parking is available in the small lot on Main Street, adjacent to Waryas Park and River Station.

Rain Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015

Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo II – April 15, 2015 – 3pm

Just in time for summer! The Second Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo (Expo II) will connect local youth with quality, area programming. The expo — which is scheduled to run from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the Poughkeepsie Middle School — will feature food, prizes, games, and loads of opportunities. Some limited programming scholarship will also be available. We’d love to have your organization represented in what’s quickly becoming a Poughkeepsie staple.

As a community, our youth is our greatest asset. Please join us.

Facebook page: The Second Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo (Expo II)

Celebration of Lights – Friday, December 5

The 21st Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014. The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main Street, near Market Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where the parade will conclude at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. At 7:15pm, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display along Poughkeepsie’s waterfront.


Free parking is available in all downtown City parking lots during the event. A temporary “No Parking” zone will be in effect on Main Street, between Academy Street and Market Street, on Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  City of Poughkeepsie Police will post the zone Thursday evening.

For additional information about the event, please visit the Bardavon website:

Pulaski Day Celebration – October 12

There will be a Pulaski Day celebration in the City of Poughkeepsie on Sunday, October 12, 2014 beginning at noon.  The celebration includes a parade that begins at the Italian Center (227 Mill St.) and goes through Mansion St., N. Bridge St., Main St., N. Clover St., Mt. Carmel Pl., Delafield St., Hoffman St., Bain Ave., and ends at Pulaski Park on Washington St.  There will be a laying of a wreath on the monument and brief remarks from invited guests.  After the ceremony, the celebration continues at the Italian Center with dancing to the music of Dennis Polisky and the Maestro’s Men from 2pm-6pm Admission is free, food, and beverages will be available for purchase.  In the event of rain, all festivities will be held at the Italian Center beginning at 1pm.

For more information, contact the City of Poughkeepsie Mayor’s Office at (845) 451-4073.