What to Know
- As the heat ramps up around the region, numerous events scheduled to take place over the weekend across the tri-state have been canceled
- OZY Fest had been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday it has been canceled.
As the heat ramps up around the region, numerous events scheduled to take place over the weekend across the tri-state have been canceled as a result.
New York City officials have canceled an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah because of the heat forecast for the weekend.
OZY Fest had been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday it has been canceled.
"We are so disappointed and sorry that this has happened," organizers said in a tweet. "We are currently working with the City to figure out alternative plans."
A de Blasio spokeswoman says a Times Square commemoration of the 1969 moon landing has been canceled as well.
The Coney Island Music Festival had to cancel their concert scheduled for Saturday as well.
“We regret to inform you that due to the extreme heat this weekend, the city has issued a state of emergency for NYC and directed us to cancel our event,” the festival’s website read. “We are working to reschedule the event in the next few weeks.”
New York's SummerStage canceled performances for July 20 and 21, but Friday was going on as scheduled. SummerStage's free concert on Coney Island will proceed as well.
Officials earlier announced the cancellation of the New York City Triathlon, which was scheduled for Sunday. It marks the first time the event, which is one of the world's largest triathlons, has been canceled.
The New Jersey State Triathlon will still go ahead as planned, but with a few changes. The running portion on Saturday has been shortened to two miles, and all portions on Sunday have been shortened. However the organizers opened 150 more spots to help accomodate athletes who were expecting to compete in the NYC Triathlon, especailly those who flew in from other countries. Both days have a start time of 7:30 a.m.
In New Jersey, Monmouth Park canceled six races and pushed back until early evening its stakes races, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational headlined by Maximum Security.
Elsewhere, the New York Racing Association canceled all of Saturday's races at Saratoga, the first time that has happened since 2006.
In Connecticut, a country music and food truck rally in Danbury was canceled due to the extreme heat. Also in Fairfield County, Bethel's Summerfest was postponed.
Temperatures in the high 90s are forecast for Saturday and Sunday with a heat index well over 100. Much of the nation is also dealing with high heat.
De Blasio has directed owners of office buildings over 100 feet tall to set thermostats to 78 degrees through Sunday to conserve energy.