On Friday, July 2 the Fourth of July weekend kicked-off with a bang as Patchogue's 9th Annual Alive After Five concert series began featuring five stages of live music and tons of other attractions.
At this first event, live music played from local bands like Sunrise Skyline, The Electrix, Royal City Riot and High Def.
Blue Point Brewing Company and the Brick House Brewery placed beer gardens at certain booths.
Vendors, merchants, service and nonprofit organizations, giveaways, sidewalk sales, and food, beverage and ice cream kiosks also dominated Main Street; including a Patch booth.
The fair featured face painting, a rock climbing wall and Edwin Rios' Big Chair Photo booth.
Marine Corps Representatives also set up a table with strength challenges and offered recruitment information while the Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services were on hand doing Karaoke to draw young people in to learn about the counseling, recreation and community service opportunities available to them through the organization.
Grateful Greyhounds, a nonprofit greyhound rescue and adoption organization also brought some of their dogs to the festival. One of the volunteers for the rescue group for retired racing dogs said, "They're 45 mile an hour couch potatoes; they make wonderful pets."
More information can be found at www.aliveafterfive.com.
The event will next take place on July 16, July 30 and August 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.