For residents and visitors alike, July Fourth marks the official start of summer here on the East End.
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Starting tonight and continuing into the weekend, folks both young and old will gather together to observe local parades and fireworks festivities in honor of the nation's independence.
Here's a roundup of all the dates and times for parades and fireworks displays happening on the East End:
Kicking off the holiday is the North Sea Fire Department, hosting fireworks tonight during its annual carnival (which started last night and continues through Saturday) at Fireman's Field off Noyac Road at 9 PM. The fire department will also host another display at Saturday's carnival. Same time, same place.
The Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will host its Independence Day Parade tomorrow, starting at Railroad Plaza and traveling down Main Street and Jobs Lane in Southampton. All veterans are invited to ride in cars provided and located at the Railroad Plaza. Please arrive by 9 AM. Parade starts at 10 AM. Veterans and other parade participants will be accompanied by some patriotic pooches from the Southampton Animal Shelter, marching in the parade too. Call 631-283-0247 ext. 231 for more info.
Fireworks will be set off in Westhampton Beach tomorrow night at 9 PM to celebrate the Fourth. The show, brought to you by the Westhampton Country Club, will be visible throughout the village. Call 631-288-1148 for details.
Heading east, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Grucci host "Stars Over Montauk," an annual Fourth of July fireworks display beginning at 9 PM tomorrow at Umbrella Beach. The pretty pyrotechnics will be best viewed from any ocean town beach. Rain date is Friday. For more information call 631-668-2428.
Heading over to the North Fork, Greenport fires up for the Fourth at its Fourth of July Carnival and Fireworks, with displays tomorrow night and Saturday at 10 PM.
Traveling west, the "16th Annual Fourth of July Parade" is in Southold beginning at noon. Parade marches from Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane along Route 25. It's sponsored by the Southold Village Merchants.
An Independence Day Celebration is in Downtown Riverhead tomorrow from 6:30 to 10 PM. Children's Grammy nominee Brady Rymer will be rocking the Peconic Riverfront for kids of all ages. Bring chairs and blankets. There will be a 30-minute fireworks show at Grangebel Park at nightfall (approximately 9:15 PM).
On Friday, the Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci to Benefit the Children of the Southampton Fresh Air Home will be in Southampton at 9 PM. For ticket prices and more information call 631-283-5847.
The Sag Harbor Yacht Club will host a fireworks display on Saturday. Spectators can watch them from Havens Beach, Marine Park, Long Wharf, or from the harbor. Starts at 9 PM. 631-725-0567.
In Amagansett, locals can gather at Fresh Pond Beach to view the Devon Yacht Club's annual fireworks on Saturday night. The show starts just after dusk, at around 9:15 PM. Call 631-267-6340 for further information.
Over on the North Fork, the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce's fireworks show is scheduled for Saturday at Crescent Beach at around 8:30 PM. Rain date is Sunday. For more information, call 877-8893-2290 or visit www.shelterislandchamber.com.
Rounding out the holiday weekend, the Jamesport Fire Department Carnival and Fireworks starts next Tuesday, July 9, at 5 PM at the George Young Community Center on South Jamesport Avenue. Fireworks are on Saturday, July 13.
Later this month, the East End wraps up fireworks with the 33rd Annual Great Bonac Fireworks Show, by Grucci, in East Hampton off Three Mile Harbor Road on July 20. Starts at about 9:15 PM.