Fourth of July Weekend is in full swing in the Hamptons. Whether you want to see fireworks (on the North and South Forks!), tickle your funny bone or do something fantastic with the kids, here are five great ways to kick off your July 4th celebrating this Saturday.
Food…for a Cause
Crawfish Boil For A Song: Hamptons 2011—Spicy New Orleans style comes to Long Beach in Sag Harbor for good food and a great cause—all proceeds go to Kids Need a Melody, which provides free music programs to children living in shelters. You’ll get two pours from a giant pot of crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms and sausage, plus unlimited beer, wine and Hurricanes. Tickets are $100 per person. More info at www.crawfishny.org.
Fine Arts Festival
Amagansett Fine Arts Festival—The name Amagansett may come from the Native American Montaukett term for “place of good water,” but today it is a place of great art as painters, photographers and more from across the U.S. and Canada converge at the American Legion at 15 Montauk Highway in Amagansett (through July 4). More info at amagansettfinearts.com.
Richard Belzer at Bay Street Theater—We’ve loved everything he’s done, from starring in Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: SVU to penning UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Believe. Now Richard Belzer brings his unique brand of comedy and intriguing insights to Bay Street Theater Comedy Club in Sag Harbor on Saturday night at 8 p.m. More info here.
Fireworks on Two Forks
Sag Harbor Fireworks—If you’re on the South Fork, the Sag Harbor Yacht Club will put on a show you’ll be able to watch from Marine Park, Haven’s Beach, the Long Wharf, restaurants on the waterfront and more. Start looking up around 9:30 p.m.
Greenport Fireworks—On the North Fork, the Greenport Fireman’s Carnival lights up the sky from Greenport High School with a show that will be visible from the school and throughout the village. Start looking up around 10 p.m.
Fun for All at Cirque Hamptons
Saturday night’s show takes the concept of circus to a whole new level—not only with a lineup of Electric Dancers, a German Wheel, Spinning Cube, Acrobats, Aerial Performers, Contortionist, Hand Balancers, Electric Jugglers and other out-of-this-world performers—but by adding a DJ, food and cocktails to the mix for a uniquely grown-up circus event. You can bring the kids to the family matinee on Sunday). Doors open Saturday night at 7 p.m. at East Hampton Studio on 77 Industrial Road in Wainscott. More info at www.cirquehamptons.com.