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City of Poughkeepsie 9/11 Memorial Service – September 11, 2020

In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie, the City of Poughkeepsie will hold a 9/11 Memorial Service at City Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020.  City Administrator Marc Nelson will officiate. The public is invited to attend. Attendees must maintain proper physical distancing and wear a face covering to attend this event.  In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial Service will be held inside City Hall. 

The 26th Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks

Image of Celebration of Lights

Friday, DECEMBER 6 at 6:30pm (and it’s First Friday too!)

After the parade and fireworks…SANDLOT (1993) on the Bardavon’s big screen at 8pm

(Poughkeepsie, NY) On Friday, December 6 at 6:30pm the Bardavon and City of Poughkeepsie, County of Dutchess, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Cocoon Theatre, with support from Nuvance Health, Rhinebeck Bank and TD Bank Foundation present the 26th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks! This event kicks off the holiday season in Poughkeepsie as thousands attend.

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, near Market Street. The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by Mayor Rob Rolison and members of the Common Council and will be joined by the Amerscott Highland Pipers, Red Wing Black Bird Theater, Poughkeepsie High School Jazz Ensemble, Spackenkill High School Marching Band, Brasskill marching band, McClearns Majoretts  Dutchess Jeep & Dodge with Mid-Hudson Rowing Association, Vassar Warner Home float, Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Roaring Thunder Car Club, Arlington Auto and Tire. Also joining in the parade will be performances by Arm of the Sea Theatre, Vanaver Caravan and the Nego Gato African Drumming & Dance with 200 children from Warring, Morse, Clinton and Kreiger elementary schools. Finally Santa Claus will arrive on a City of Poughkeepsie Fire Engine.

Float Replica of Vassar Brothers Institute
Float Replica of Vassar Brothers Institute

BRAND NEW in the PARADE: In 2017 Cocoon Theatre artistic director Andres San Millan created a float replica of Vassar Brothers Institute on 12 Vassar St., measuring 29 feet long, 13 feet high and 12 feet wide. In 2018 Andres added a float replica of the Steamboat Mary Powell! And this year he will include a float replica of the 1911 Pelton mansion. Costumes and props created with volunteers and the people of the Arc of Dutchess will accompany the floats. In addition local artist Suprina will unveil a painted City sanitation truck!

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. Then at 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display.

Sandlot (1993)
Sandlot (1993)

Following the parade and fireworks, the Bardavon will present a screening of the family film classic Sandlot (1993) at 8pm. An American coming-of-age comedy film co-written, directed, and narrated by David Mickey Evans which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. The film is preceded at 7:30pm with a concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. seats $6. This holiday film event is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling.

Sponsors include: Nuvance Health, TD Bank Foundation, Rhinebeck Bank, Dutchess Dodge/Kia, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union,  Adams Fairacre Farms, Dorsey Gage, Bonura Hospitality Group.  WPDH/WRRV/, WDST, WKZE, Pamal, Clear Channel, The City of Poughkeepsie PBA &CSCA, Dutchess Beer Distributors, McCabe & Mack, Hodgkins Agency, Prime Retirement Asset Management, Riverside Bank and Torsone’s Funeral Home and Marshall & Sterling Insurance.

And underwriting the Vassar Brothers Institute and Steamboat Mary Powell floats: Jason Page, Williams Lumber, Prime Print, Dutchess Metal, River District Business Association, TERN Construction, Mike Haggerty, Alan Page, CF Shoe Repair, Mark Pastreich, Indotronix Investors Corporation, Hudson Valley Office Furniture, Shatzi’s, El Azteca Restaurant, Get Real Surfaces, MHVFCU and Alfred Torrigliani from construction Services.

Parking is readily available in City of Poughkeepsie Municipal lots. For further info check out the Bardavon web site at or call the Bardavon at (845) 473-2072.

Parade Route

Line- Up: Please arrive between 5:30 pm and 6 pm*

If you are lining up as parade members, whether marching or with a vehicle/float, please enter the City of Poughkeepsie Municipal Lot service road on Crannell Street through the entrance on North Hamilton Street. You can then pull your vehicle off to the right side of the road (facing Catherine Street) or you can park in the lot itself.  There will be staff on-site to direct you to the proper location.

Parade Start time:  We will be stepping off at exactly 6:30PM.

Parking: Please park in any City of Poughkeepsie Municipal Lot. Please do not park in private lots or you will be towed.

Parade Route: Main Street to first tree lighting at Barney Building Lot (farmers market), continue on past arterial down Main Street right onto North Clover Street to Dongan Square Park, across from Noah’s Ark and Café Aurora for a second tree lighting.  As each group arrives, at the second tree there will be time allotted for a quick demonstration for each performance group.  

Fireworks:   Immediately following the second tree lighting there will be a fireworks display.  Time approx. 7:15 PM.  They may start later depending on the size of the parade and lengths of the demonstrations.

City of Poughkeepsie Ready for Champions Parade, First Friday Festivities

The City of Poughkeepsie is ready for a festive end to the work week Friday, June 7.

First, there will be a parade honoring the Poughkeepsie High School basketball and crew teams as New York State champions. That will start at 4 p.m. and will run from Catharine Street to Main Street to Civic Center Plaza, across Mill Street (44/55 westbound arterial) to City Hall. Please note there will be intermittent and temporary road closures during this event.

At City Hall, a ceremony will take place, with Mayor Rob Rolison officiating.

Once the ceremony is completed, the teams will be escorted on their float to Mansion Square Park for further festivities at the First Friday event being held there.

First Friday Poughkeepsie is a city-wide celebration held in a new neighborhood on first Friday evenings from May through October, and aims to increase awareness of the City and showcase it as a thriving, safe, and attractive place to live and do business.

 The theme for Friday’s event is “Queen City Roots.” First Friday will feature food, drinks and music and goes until 8:30 p.m.

PKGO Getters, an Evening Highlighting the City of Poughkeepsie

The City of Poughkeepsie will feature a family-friendly, free event on April 2, 2019 when inspirational speaker Jessica O. Matthews, Founder and CEO of Unchartered Power, appears at the Bardavon.

Uncharted Power is an award-winning energy and data technology company that Matthews founded when she was only 22 years old. She was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs,” a Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations “Scientist of the Year.”

Matthews is ushering in the PKGO Getters series that will highlight enterprising Poughkeepsie notables who have inspiring stories to share.

The evening will also feature performances by the Poughkeepsie High School Chorus, the Poughkeepsie Step Team, and an appearance by the Poughkeepsie Pioneers New York State Champions Boys Basketball Team.  Poughkeepsie High School student Miguel Angel Sanchez, winner of the Guest MC Instagram contest held earlier in the month, will guide attendees through the night.

“We’re excited to shine a light on so many people who have their roots in Poughkeepsie and are now out making a true difference in the world,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “We look forward to more of these events, providing people with positive experiences in our city.”

PKGO’s mission is to highlight the City of Poughkeepsie as a thriving, and growing city and to create a positive sense of community among current and future residents, businesses and visitors.

Event Registration:

To register for the event, which begins at 5:30 PM, go the Eventbrite site.

Following her speech, Mathews will hold an “After Hours Meet & Greet” at 40 Cannon. There will be light fare provided by local businesses and 40 Cannon’s own King’s Court Brewing Company, 1915 Wine Cellar and Cafe 40 & Co will be open for business.

Poughkeepsie Gateway Mural Unveiling – August 15, 2018

Poughkeepsie AllianceArts Mid-Hudson and O+ Poughkeepsie are pleased to announce the unveiling of the Poughkeepsie Gateway Mural.  This art intervention at the Route 9 Underpass on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY was completed by chosen local muralist Risa Tochigi aka Boogie after a nation-wide call for muralists to submit their vision for the city space.

Twenty-one submissions were received from artists in the Hudson Valley, New York City, New Jersey, Chicago and Europe. The decision was made by a jury of organizational representatives and community members who selected their top five submissions for community input. After a community input session held in April, Boogie was chosen.

The Poughkeepsie Alliance will be commemorating this occasion with an unveiling ceremony and a keynote address by Mayor Rob Rolison to be held at the Poughkeepsie Train Pavilion located at the corner of Main Street and Detective John Falcone Memorial Avenue on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 4pm.

City of Poughkeepsie and Hudson River Housing advance efforts to address vacant properties

WHAT: A vacant, blighted property at 85 Smith Street in the City of Poughkeepsie will come down this week. The property, which experienced a fire in 2015 and has long been a locus of criminal activity, represents the struggle of the residents in the neighborhood, the City of Poughkeepsie, and organizations like Hudson River Housing to address the issue of vacant properties.

WHO: City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison will join Hudson River Housing officials to mark the start of demolition of the property. Hudson River Housing plans to construct a new two-family home on the site, which will be sold to a first-time homebuyer and include an affordable rental unit. Hudson River Housing is committed to increasing opportunities for homeownership in the local community and expanding the availability of affordable housing.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19th at 9am

WHERE: 85 Smith Street, Poughkeepsie

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Celaya at [email protected].

Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks – December 1, 2017

When:   Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where:  City of Poughkeepsie, Main Street, Mural Square

The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association, will present the 24th Annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks on Friday, December 1 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 The Princess Bride 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.

Autumn in the Park – October 7, 2017


Saturday, October 7, 2017
Bartlett Park, Poughkeepsie, NY

Petting zoo, Apple-Bobbing, Musical Chairs, Games, Foot Races, Bounce House, Pony Rides, Music and much more.


Sponsored by:
6th Ward Council Member Natasha Cherry
4th Ward Council Member Lee Klein

Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular – July 4, 2017

The City of Poughkeepsie will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 4th at dusk (approx. 9:20 pm).  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).

Rain Date: Friday, July 7th

Parking: Parking is free in municipal parking lots beginning at 5:00 pm and in metered spaces after 6:00 pm . Handicapped parking will be available at Waryas Park. Please see an officer for access and directions. No Parking zones will be in place along North Water Street and in the lots at Waryas Park. John M. Flowers Circle at Waryas Park will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Parking Restrictions: Please be advised that the following parking restrictions will be put into place at Waryas Park effective 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Waryas Park will be open to the general public, however, the following parking restrictions will be enforced:

  • Waryas Park Boat Launch – Closed July 4, 2017
  • No Parking – Waryas Park Lower Lot (10am-10pm)
  • No Parking – Waryas Park Main Street City Lot (10am-10pm – Reserved for Handicap Event Parking Only)
  • No Parking – Main Street, West of N. Water Street, including the John M. Flowers Circle at Waryas Park (10am-10pm)

Vehicles found in violation of above are subject to be towed by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

Fireball Run Road Closures – September 29, 2016

The FIREBALL RUN Adventurally series is the story of 40 rally teams as they compete in a legendary 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game.

The FIREBALL RUN will hold a “starting line” in the City of Poughkeepsie on the morning of September 29th, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM as the competition travels from the City of Poughkeepsie to their next destination.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Where: Poughkeepsie City Hall (outside) 62 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Be Advised — Road Closures

FROM APPROX. 7:00 AM TO 10:00 AM

  • No Parking/Road Closure:            Civic Center Plaza from Mill Street North to Mansion Street.
  • No Parking/Road Closure:            Mansion St from Columbus Dr/Washington St E to Balding Ave.

*All City employees will have access to the parking garage from the arterial

* Between the hours of 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, all vehicles leaving the City Hall parking garage will be directed straight for a RIGHT TURN ONLY onto Columbus.


For More Information Contact:
Aidy Alonzo, Fireball Run (818) 572 1400 or [email protected]