Independently minded almost from our inception, we Long Islanders have come to appreciate the month of July. After an angry winter and a dreary spring, it’s an annual call to celebrate all we cherish about our country and our Island.
And yes, we will celebrate this year, with a thank-you to the 2018 calendar, which placed July 4 squarely in the middle of the week. With school out and the holiday on a Wednesday, we have the benefit of potentially two extra-long Fourth of July weekends. That gives us plenty of time for fireworks, barbecues, beach days, and parades.
Hopefully, time for a bit of reflection, too, because as much as any region of the nation Long Island really can strut its Independence Day stuff. We boast communities named after two Founding Fathers – Port Washington and Port Jefferson. We are home to President Theodore Roosevelt, whose bust adorns Mount Rushmore. We even have two villages that lay claim to being New York State’s oldest community – Southold and Southampton, a friendly rivalry that has continued since 1640.
Though but 120 miles from tip to tip, Long Island is rich in the history and pageantry of America. And what better month to celebrate it than in July? Enjoy a Roosevelt-style Fourth at Sagamore Hill, a Wild West show in Old Bethpage, and fireworks shows from Glen Cove to Montauk.
Of course, there’s more to this month than just the red, white and blue. But Independence Day is a great way to start. Are you into it?
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