Things to Do in the Hamptons Fourth of July Weekend, 2014

John Leguizamo comes to Guild Hall for Guild Ha!! Comedy Nights.
John Leguizamo comes to Guild Hall for Guild Ha!! Comedy Nights. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Fourth of July weekend is the height of summer in the Hamptons, and there is no shortage of things to do. Here we round up top events in music, entertainment, fairs—and more!

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Thursday, July 3

A Summer Fundraiser for Sustainable Management of Wildlife
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Join the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres: all proceeds go toward advancing scientific and humane wildlife solutions throughout the East End.
$150. The Breakwater Yacht Club, 51 Bay St, Sag Harbor. 

John Leguizamo Ghetto Klown: Comedy Night at Guild Hall
8 p.m.
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo has appeared in more than 50 films, including Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rougel, and all three Ice Age films. “Ghetto Klown” is his fifth one-man play—his third to reach Broadway.
$45+. Guild Hall, 158 Main St, East Hampton.

Travesties at Bay Street Theater
8 p.m.
A smashing theatrical extravaganza with the wit of Oscar Wilde crashing headlong into song-and-dance, strip-tease, pie-fights, and brilliant wordplay. Set in 1917 and 1974 in Zurich, Switzerland, the play fantasizes how a British consul named Henry Carr encounters some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, including James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, and Lenin.
$54+. Bay Street Theater. 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor.

 The Lovin’ Spoonful Concert
8-10 p.m.
Hall of Famers the Lovin’ Spoonful combine the best of folk, country, and rock & roll. Best known for their hits: “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Day Dream,” “Summer in the City,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” and more.
$45. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St, Riverhead.

Friday, July 4 

Southampton 4th of July Parade
10 a.m.
The parade will kick-off from Railroad Plaza, travel down North Main Street, Main Street, and Jobs Lane. Reverend Peter Larsen will serve as this year’s grand marshal.
Free. Railroad Plaza, Powell Ave, Southampton.

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
A festival of independent artists. In addition to fine art paintings, drawings, and prints will be sculpture, jewelry, and non-functional crafts.
Free. American Legion Amagansett, 15 Montauk Highway, Amagansett.

Young Naturalists: Muddling in the Marsh
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Discover the many wonders of the salt marsh and learn why it’s called the nursery of the sea. Participants will use clam rakes, seine, and crab nets to find some unique marine creatures. Ages 4 and up.
Free. Mashomack Preserve, 79 S. Ferry Road, Shelter Island.

July 4th Post-Parade Party with WPPB 88.3 FM
2-5 p.m.
Join WPPB 88.3 FM following the Southampton Village 4th of July Parade for a festive celebration on our grounds. There will be face painting, treats, entertainment, a bouncy house and a dunk tank where you can take on your favorite East End personalities.
Free. Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton.

Sounds of Summer: Mambo Loco
6-8 p.m.
Celebrate Independence Day with exuberant live music on the terrace. Crowd favorite Mambo Loco blends classic Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music with “old school” Latin and Latin jazz.
Free with Museum Admission. Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill.

The Perlman Music Program Annual Faculty Concert
7:30-9:00 p.m.
PMP’s master teachers present their annual concert free of charge to the East End community.
Free. PMP Campus, 73 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights.

The Nancy Atlas Project at Stephen Talkhouse
10-11:30 p.m.
Concert by the Nancy Atlas Project, featuring original Americana Rock with a touch of Southern Comfort.
$30. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St, Amagansett.

Saturday, July 5

Bird Nesting Bird Bonanza
Head to the beach to find piping plovers and terns, learn a bit about their behaviors and how to protect these rare species.
Mashomack Preserve, 79 S. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island. 

Butterfly Fireworks for the 4th of July at SOFO
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Join butterfly enthusiast Henry Halama for a foray into the field, binoculars in hand, to scout for butterflies. This program is for adults, however children 10 and up may attend.
$7. South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton.

Shelter Island Library Book Sale
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shop an extensive collection of popular, collectible and unique titles. Fiction, Mystery, Biography, Children’s, YA, Sports, Cookbooks, Coffee Table Books and so much more.
Free. Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Rd, Shelter Island.

Montauk Library Book Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fair includes plants, raffles, jewelry, baked goods and refreshments in addition to books.
Free. Montauk Village Green, 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk.

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
A festival of independent artists. In addition to fine art paintings, drawings, and prints will be sculpture, jewelry, and non-functional crafts.
Free. American Legion, 15 Montauk Highway, Amagansett.

Bridgehampton Fine Art and Craft Show
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Features fine art and artisans from the East End, including painting, photography, furniture, jewelry, wood carvings and other categories.
Free. Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton.

Surf Blues at Montauk Yacht Club with Joe Delia & Thieves
noon-4 p.m.
Party on Star Island in Lake Montauk to the Surf Blues of Joe Delia & Thieves. Kid friendly!
Free. Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star Island Rd, Montauk. 

Fire and Ice Show and Summer Reading Launch
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Mad Science presents Fire & Ice: They burn paper without leaving any ashes, levitate beach balls, plus many more spectacular chemical reactions, cinematic special effects, bubbling potions, and more!
Free. Amagansett Free Library, 214 Main St, Amagansett.

Hot Date Concert at Strong’s Water Club & Marina
4-8 p.m.
Hot Date play pop, rock, and 80’s music on the lawn at the water’s edge.
Free. Strong’s Water Club & Marina, 1155 Wickham Ave, Mattituck.

St. Lucia at The Surf Lodge
5-9 p.m.
Concert by St. Lucia, fronted by South-African born and Brooklyn based musician, Jean-Phillip Grobler.
Free. The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St, Montauk.

Halsey Gala
6-8 p.m.
Enjoy live music, an open bar and a silent auction at the Southampton Historical Museum benefit catered by Schmidt’s Market.
$150. Halsey House, 249 S Main St, Southampton.

Live Out Loud’s 6th Annual Pride in the Hamptons
6-10:30 p.m.
Celebrate LGBTQ Pride with cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing as the sun sets over the bay. The event supports Live Out Loud’s programs that inspire, nurture and empower LGBTQ youth.
$250+. Private Residence, 21 North Bay Ln, East Hampton.

Loudon Wainwright III at Stephen Talkhouse
6-8:30 p.m.
Concert by Loudon Wainwright III.
$35+. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St,

Martin Short
7 p.m.
Comedian, Tony- and Emmy-winning actor and all-around entertainer Martin Short presents his variety show, packed with madcap antics, hilarious skits, zany characters, toe-tapping song-and-dancenumbers, and side-splitting comedy. Short was a cast member of SCTV and Saturday Night Live, performed on Broadway in Little Me and The Goodbye Girl, starred in such films as Three Amigos and Father of the Bride, and has recently appeared on Damages and How I Met Your Mother.
$250 orchestra. Guild Hall, 158 Main St. East Hampton.

Comedy Cookies & Coffee
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Comedy show outside the Beach Bakery.
Free. Beach Bakery, 112 Main St, Westhampton.

Songbook Salon Presents Melissa Errico: Broadway Firecracker
8-10 p.m.
Broadway firecracker Melissa Errico will keep the sparks flying for the holiday weekend with a fantastic evening of theater show stoppers.
$60. Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton.

Mr. Badger at Stephen Talkhouse
9-10:15 p.m.
Concert by Mr. Badger.
$30. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St, Amagansett.

The Montauk Project at 230 Elm
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Montauk Project is a group of music school trained mavericks from the East End.
Free. 230 Down, 230 Elm St, Southampton.

Sunday, July 6 

The Southampton Firecracker 8k Race and 3-Mile Walk
8 a.m.
8 kilometers – 4.96 miles – 3 mile walk. Prize raffle for all entrants, awards for standard age group categories, and free Dri-Tech T-shirts for the first 350 to register.
Agawam Park, Southampton.

SoFo – Birding for Beginners with Frank: Shorebirds
9 – 10 a.m.
On this walk, we will visit Shinnecock Bay in Southampton and focus on plovers, yellowlegs, oystercatchers, and sandpipers as they feed by wading in shallow waters. So grab your binoculars, scopes, sunscreen, and Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, if you have one, and let’s hit the bay.
Free for SoFo Members and children ages 2 and under, $7 for adult nonmembers, $5 for children nonmembers ages 3-12. Shinnecock Bay, Southampton.

Aquatic Habitats and Water-plant Art
10 – 11 a.m.
Aquatic plants are an essential part of any water ecosystem. They provide oxygen and food, absorb nutrients from the water, and create hiding places for aquatic animals. In this workshop with Melanie, you’ll use real pond and ocean plants to create artwork about some interesting aquatic habitats and the plants and animals you can find there.
Free for SoFo Members and children ages 2 and under, $7 for adult nonmembers, $5 for children nonmembers ages 3-12. South Fork Natural History Museum. 77 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpk, Bridgehampton.

Amagansett Fine Arts Festival
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A festival of independent artists will be held at the American Legion in Amagansett, on July 4th weekend, July 4th, 5th and 6th, 2014. In addition to fine art paintings, drawings and prints will be sculpture, jewelry and non-functional crafts.
Free. American Legion Amagansett. 15 Montauk Highway, Amagansett.

Veuve Clicquot Brunch
12 – 4 p.m.
Come join us at Gurney Montauk for a beautiful Fourth of July weekend brunch!
Call for price. The SeaWater Grill. 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk.

Winston Irie at Amagansett Square
5 – 8 p.m.
Reggae at the Square. Bring your family. Pack a picnic and your beach chairs (or grab take out from Meeting House or Hampton Chutney) and come on down to Amagansett Square.
Free. Amagansett Square, Amagansett.

Grizfolk at The Surf Lodge
5 – 9 p.m.
Concert by Grizfolk, an American country band with an electro-pop twist.
183 Edgemere St., Montauk.

Commmodores feat. the Legendary Thomas McClary at WHBPAC
8 – 10 p.m.
Motown Era Legends
$95, $135, $150. 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach.

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