Weekend Roundup: Fireworks and Fairs

In East Hampton, the St. Luke's Episcopal Church's family fair will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Durell Godfrey

Fourth of July weekend means the South Fork is more jam-packed than usual, and there's plenty to do. Here’s a round-up of the weekend’s events.

First, fireworks. There are several shows this weekend. On Friday, the Southampton Fresh Air Home will display Fireworks by Grucci at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are required for the event. It takes place at 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton, but can be seen from various spots around the Shinnecock Bay area.

On Saturday, at 9:30 p.m., Sag Harbor Yacht Club will display its John A. Ward Independence Day celebration fireworks. The Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett will also have a show at 9:15 p.m. on this day. For those who are not members of the club, the fireworks can be seen from Albert's Landing Beach, Little Albert's, Fresh Pond Beach, or from the water.

The North Sea Fire Department carnival will shoot off firework on Saturday and Monday at about 10 p.m. The carnival opened Thursday and runs through Monday, at the department's fair grounds off Noyac Road.

On July 4, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Stars Over Montauk Grucci firework display at 9 p.m. The best view is from Umbrella Beach, on the southeast edge of town. As of Thursday, there were  still spots available for a fireworks cruise sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce aboard the Viking Starship. Tickets for the cruise cost $100. Check-in is at 6 p.m., and the boat will return to the dock at 10. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Here's what else is happening over the next few days: 


To get the weekend started, on Friday at 7:45 p.m. in East Hampton, the Hamptons International Film Festival will present a free outdoor screening of “Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s 1991 Peter Pan adventure film, on the lawn at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter on Gingerbread Lane. Attendees are urged to take their own blankets or seating. There will be free popcorn.


At 9 a.m., Bridgehampton’s South Fork Natural History Museum will hold the first of a three-part series about environmental and human impacts on threatened species. The first workshop will be on observing endangered piping plovers. At 10 a.m., visitors can meet the just-hatched purple martin nestlings near the museum. Reservations can be made by phone or by email to sofo@hamptons.com.

The East Hampton Historical Farm Museum on Cedar and North Main Streets will welcome families and children for outdoor games, like hoop races, tug-o-war, and more, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The suggested contribution is $5 per child. At 2 p.m., Hy Mariampolski, a Springs resident and longtime postcard collector, will discuss the elements of antique postcard value. Attendees will appraise up to five cards. Admission is $10.

Another family fair will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton at 10 a.m. There will be a bounce house, a magic show, carnival games and prizes, and arts and crafts. Dikki Ellis, a Big Apple Circus clown, will also be in attendance. Admission is free and game tickets are $2 each. Adults can enjoy a vintage clothing booth, silent auction items, and food, including clams on the half shell and homemade baked goods. A portion of the money raised will be donated to Maureen’s Haven, community soup dinners, the Retreat, and other local charitable organizations. The fair will wrap up at 2 p.m.

In Montauk, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Friends of the Montauk Library book fair will take place. Included will be books, plants, yard sale items, jewelry, T-shirts, a chance auction, refreshments, and a children’s section. Books will be sold at half price on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Montauk Lighthouse Museum and gift shop will also have extended hours for the holiday weekend, staying open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. No backpacks or any large bags will be allowed on the Lighthouse property. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $4 for children 4 and under. Children under 41 inches will be admitted for free but will not be allowed to climb up the tower.

From 7 to 10 p.m. in Amagansett, lemonade will be served and dancing welcomed at Ille Arts on 171 Main Street. The Fairlane family will perform classic folk and Americana. American landscape paintings by Fairfield Porter, Casey Chalem Anderson, and Neil Welliver will be on display.

In Southampton, from 6 to 8 p.m., Edie Windsor and Judith Kasen-Windsor will host a summer cocktail reception at their house for Rebecca Seawright, a member of the State Assembly representing the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Blanche Wiesen Cook will read from “The War Years and After,” the third volume of her Eleanor Roosevelt biography, in support of Ms. Seawright’s campaign. Sponsorships start at $150. For tickets or to make contributions, Brenda L. Wilkin can be emailed at brendawilkin123@gmail.com.

In Sag Harbor, the Cormaria Retreat House will hold its summer celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music by David Pharaoh as D.J., in an ideal viewing spot for the Sag Harbor fireworks. Tickets are $100.


In Bridgehampton at 8 a.m., Eric Salzman, a composer, birder, and board member at the South Fork Natural History Museum, will lead a walk for adults and teens on birding by ear. He will teach participants about the nuances of bird vocalizations and share tips on how to train your auditory memory. Reservations can be made by phone with the museum or by email to sofo@hamptons.com.