What is Peekskill Celebration?
Now in its 16th year, the annual Peekskill Celebration is one of the largest festivals in the Hudson Valley and features an extraordinary weekend of family entertainment, unrivaled fireworks sponsored by Entergy, fantastic food, and colorful Dragon Boat Races sponsored by Hudson Valley Hospital Center—not seen anywhere else in the Hudson Valley. Over the years, Peekskill Celebration has grown into an enormous show of community pride and family fun with activities of all kinds at Peekskill's Riverfront Green Park. An estimated 20,000+ people attend at least part of the festivities and most return every year, some even schedule their summer vacations around Celebration.
Who Runs Peekskill Celebration?
The festival is produced by the not-for-profit Peekskill Festivals, Inc., supported by business sponsorships, journal advertising and vendor fees, managed by a talented part-time executive director and governed by a dedicated board of directors, all from the community.
Recognizing the importance of Celebration in enhancing the quality of life in Peekskill and its ability to showcase the city to visitors, the City of Peekskill generously supports Celebration by providing police, EMS, fire, parks and recreation, and public works staff. Without the support of the City of Peekskill and our major sponsors, we could not conduct an event of this size.
Local businesses, community groups and residents alike routinely make in-kind donations of goods or services or volunteer their time, all of which help to defray costs. To see a list of the businesses and organizations that ensure Celebration remains a community favorite, please click here.
Where Does the Money Go?
Proceeds cover expenses involved with producing an event of this magnitude which requires year-round planning and organization. Any surplus revenue is reinvested into improving the festival every year and the quality of life for Peekskill residents. As an example, in 2005, Celebration's Board of Directors donated $20,000 to the City of Peekskill Parks and Recreation Department for the purchase of the new Riverfront Stage, which is used today for countless annual events by a variety of groups. We also make donations to Support Connection of Yorktown and the Peekskill Recreation Day Camp Scholarship Fund each year. With a decline in the recent economy, Celebration has managed to control expenses without cutting the vibrancy of the event.
How can I be part of Peekskill Celebration?
There are a number of ways to participate. Sponsorships, exhibitors, volunteers, dragon boat teams.
For sponsors: Enhance your visibility. Sponsors receive prime placement at the festival and in our communications platforms. Promote your company's services to our coveted audience by becoming a sponsor. The earlier you become a sponsor, the more prolonged exposure you get!
For exhibitors: Get in front of throngs of people! Reasonably priced vendor spaces are available to our long time vendors first, then opened to new vendors on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you lock in an exhibitor space, the more likely we can accommodate your request. We sell out available space s very quickly. Click here
For volunteers: You are our life blood! We need at least 100 volunteers to staff the information booth, organize the dragon boat teams, sell raffle tickets, set up, load, and unload supplies and our equipment. Click here
For dragon boaters: Paddle your little hearts out! Sponsor a team or join an existing one! You'll have a great time and make new friends in the process. Click here
For additional information, please click the links above and email the appropriate form to firstname.lastname@example.org or print out a hard copy, fill out the form and send it to Peekskill Celebration, 1008 Park Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. For other questions, please call 914-736-2000.