It’s nearly Fourth of July, the holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence by thinkers and politicians who created what became the United States of America.
If you’re feeling the need to get back in touch with our common American roots, start with the Huntington Historical Society. If you’re looking for entertainment steeped in acknowledgement of our common history, here’s a schedule.
The Huntington Community Band will be performing at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival, starting at 8 p.m. The HCB presents “and, Off We Go!” featuring an evening of American music with a few surprises. Free, at Heckscher Park.
North Shore Pops Concert, 8 p.m., free at Heckscher Park.
Northport Community Band, 7:45 p.m., playing “Fanfares for the Fourth,” Robert F. Krueger Band Shell in Northport Village Park at the foot of Main Street, Northport. Rain Site: Northport High School.
Asharoken hosts a Grucci fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Thursday from a barge off the Long Island Sound side of Asharoken Avenue. Prime places to view this display include Centerport Beach on Little Neck Road, Crab Meadow Beach on Waterside Avenue, Hobart Beach on Eatons Neck Rd and Asharoken Beach on Asharoken Ave. There is no parking on any village street or public parking facilities in the Village of Asharoken. Traffic laws are strictly enforced.
Other holiday information you may need:
If Thursday is one of your regular pickup days, you’ll have to wait until Monday for service when you can dispose of twice the usual amount.
Town Hall and other government offices, including the Senior Center and Senior Beach House, are closed, as are banks, the Post Office and libraries.
The New York State police are promising sobriety checkpoints as part of a crackdown on aggressive, drunk or impaired driving.
The Town of Huntington is urging boaters to take extra care over the long holiday weekend because more boaters than are expected on the waters. That includes a temporary speed crackdown.