Fireworks and 4th of July are like turkey on Thanksgiving. It’s just a no-brainer, a tradition that simply can’t be skipped. So go enjoy fireworks (there are plenty by Grucci to check out), but don’t stop there. In between barbecuing and watching sparkling skies, there are a slew of festivals, fairs, parades and concerts happening on Long Island. For a list of events in the Hamptons, don’t miss our weekend guide to the Hamptons.
Festivals and Fairs
Long Island Shakespeare Festival
Enjoy a free, shortened performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Pack up your lawn chair for this outdoor performance. The show will go on rain or shine.
SUNY Suffolk’s Ammerman Campus, 533 College Road, Selden, July 3, 2pm, free
Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2015
Greenport will celebrate six glorious ships that will dock in the Village Harbor for the Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2015 during a festival from July 4th-7th. The Claudio family of the historic Claudio’s Restaurant is sponsoring Sagres, a 300-foot Portuguese vessel which nods to the clan’s origins.
Village Harbor, July 4-7
Polish-American Night at Eisenhower Park
Tons of entertainment and delicious food (pierogies anyone?) for the whole family.
Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, Sunday, July 5, 7pm, free
Independence Day Celebration, Old Bethpage
Catch a recreation of Long Island’s July 4th celebration of 1861, the beginning of the Civil War, honoring soldier recruits of the New York Volunteers.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5, 10am, Adults, $10; Children and seniors, $7; Children 5 and under, free
Port Jefferson Annual 4th of July Parade
Celebrate the 4th of July with the Port Jefferson community at the annual parade along Main Street
Main St., Port Jefferson, Saturday, July 4, 10am-12pm, free.
Patchogue Lion’s Club 4th of July Parade
Celebrate 4th of July in Patchogue with a parade down Main Street
Main Street, Patchogue, Saturday, July 4, 10:30am, free
6th Annual Heritage Day on Village Lane
Orient Enjoy a homegrown celebration with the Orient community by watching the parade on Village Lane to the Old Point Schoolhouse, where the Declaration of Independence will be read.
Orient, Sunday, July 5, 12-3pm, free
The Fest 2015 at The Pennysaver Amphitheater
The Fest 2015 will feature Casey James, Will Hoge, Chasin’ Crazy and Joey Hyde. Gates open at 3pm with the concert set for 5pm.
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville Friday, July 3, 5pm, free
Movin’ Out: Billy Joel Tribute at Eisenhower Park
Billy Joel tributes are always in style on Long Island. Movin’ Out will do the honors.
Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow Friday, July 3, 7pm, free
Musical Moments in Kings Park: Time Passages at Russ Savatt Park
Time Passages takes the Russ Savatt Park stage as part of the Musical Moments in Kings Park concert series.
Main Street, Kings Park Friday, July 3, 7:30pm, free
UK Legends Slaughter and the Dogs
It might seem strange to listen to an English band on Independence Day, but Slaughter and the Dogs are so good, we think you should make an exception.
Evenflow Bar & Grill , 150 Main St., Bay Shore, Sunday, July 5, 5-10pm, $13 per person.