Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks – November 30, 2018
The City of Poughkeepsie in conjunction with the Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association will present the 25th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks on Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm. Each year thousands of people attend this popular, family-friendly event, voted by Dutchess County Tourism as the “Best Event” of the holiday season.
The line-up for the parade begins at 5:30pm and will commence at 6:30pm from the Crannell Street Parking Lot on Catharine Street and proceed down Main Street to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting at Mural Square. The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison along with County Executive Marcus Molinaro and members of the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council.
The parade ends at Dongan Square Park at the intersection of Mill Street and North Clover Street where a second Christmas tree lighting will take place in conjunction with several short performances. The festivities conclude with the area’s only winter fireworks being displayed along the Poughkeepsie waterfront. These activities will take place at approximately 7:15pm.
Following the parade and fireworks at 8:00pm there will be a screening of Home Alone at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House for a price of $6 per person. It is suggested to purchase tickets ahead of time as the movie tends to sell out.
The parade will assemble in the city parking lot at Crannell St., beginning around 5:30PM and will step off at 6:30 PM.
The parade will pause at Mural Sq. on Main St. for a brief tree lighting ceremony and then continue to its final destination at Dongan Park. During the parade, Main St will be closed from Academy St. to N. Clover St., and North Clover St will be closed from Main St. to Mill St. Mill St. from N. Perry St. to Verrazano Blvd will be closed for the duration of the event, including the parade and fireworks, which will be setting off approximately 7:30PM.
During the event, heavy delays are to be expected in the downtown area, including Mill St., Columbus Dr. (Rt 44/55 westbound), Main St. and points west. Alternate routes to the Poughkeepsie Train Station are strongly urged during this time period. Rinaldi Blvd and North Water St. via Rt 9 access to the lower river front area is likely the best alternate route to get to the train station.