We Long Islanders have always had an independent spirit. Self-sufficient from our Colonial days, we now ride commuter trains, endure traffic delays, and absorb all of Mother Nature’s body blows knowing there’s no place in the nation we’d rather be, in July, or anytime, than right where we are.
Long Islanders are also fiercely loyal to our country and that little slice of America that sits to the east of New York City. This month we’ll celebrate our independence from Manhasset to Montauk with parades, carnivals, fireworks shows, and more.
Perhaps even with a bit of reflection. Long Island has lighthouses commissioned by George Washington, villages named for Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, and, of course, was the center of the most successful spy ring of the Revolutionary War. (Give yourself a gold star if you can name the community named after Franklin. Answer below.)
Kids can learn plenty on Long Island this month. They can celebrate the holiday in 19th-century style at Old Bethpage Village; bond with ”President Theodore Roosevelt” and his family at Sagamore Hill; even marvel at Old Glory in a parade of our nation’s colors in Mount Sinai.
Later in the month, we’ll transition to more traditional activities, including street fairs, festivals like the North Sea Carnival and a North Fork street fair, and outdoor movie nights. School’s out, independence is in, and we’re into it.
And remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. Sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.
(And it’s Franklinville, of course, whose name since has changed to Laurel. Franklin visited the North Fork hamlet while postmaster general. Sorry for the trick question.)