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Patchogue’s ‘Midnight on Main Street’ returns in person this New Year’s Eve

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Friends, family fun and fireworks are slated for Patchogue’s New Year’s Eve festivities once again.

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Midnight on Main Street returns for its sixth annual run. The event was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a crowd will converged on the intersection of West Main Street and West Avenue to watch a light-up ball rise, a street-level remix of the Times Square tradition. The ball is designed by Al Puig from Patchogue’s Northstar Signs & Neon, Inc.

The celebration is free to attend. Just don’t bring your champagne; this is an alcohol-free event.

“We want to have an event that families feel comfortable coming to and give the opportunity to children who may not ever have that Times Square experience,” said David Kennedy, the executive director of the chamber.

Children — and adults — can also enjoy the party hats and noise makers that will be passed out. There will also be DJ-spun music. Kennedy said vendors will be on hand offering hot beverages for the spectators out in the cold.

And of course, no New Year’s celebration is complete without fireworks.

“We time the rising of the ball with some Grucci grand illumination pyrotechnics that will be shot off in the Blue Point Brewery parking lot,” Kennedy said. “It’s a great spectacle.”

Top: Midnight on Main St. 2015 file photo by Benny Migliorino of Benny Migs Photo.