Quiet Fourth of July Expected, With Pools, Beaches Open

The Covid-19 epidemic has canceled parades and fireworks displays for the Fourth of July hoiday this year but there are some other options available.

Huntington will open the Dix Hills pool starting Friday for limited days and hours for residents who have made reservations

Pool visitors must reserve a session using the Town’s Parks & Recreation Rectrac online scheduling program. Go to https://www.tohparks.net, go to the POOL ADMISSION tab at the top and select a date from the reservation calendar. Phone assistance will be available by calling the Dix Hills Park staff at (631) 462-5883.


The Dix Hills Pool will be open weekends and holidays, starting Friday, July 3, to Town of Huntington residents*, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. to 150 people maximum in the pool area, with no more than 70 people in the water at any given time. Masks are required for entry for visitors over the age of two.

*Only Town residents (and members of the Half Hollow Hills, Commack and Cold Spring Harbor School Districts,  may register for a time slot at the pool. A driver’s license ID or school ID will be required.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Councilman Ed Smyth were joined by Director of Maritime Services Dom Spada and Senior Harbormaster Fred Uvena, and Janine Burns, Liaison to the Commander, Neptune Sail and Power Squadron, Thursday to announce plans for increased enforcement against unsafe boaters in Huntington’s waterways during the 4th of July holiday weekend,

The harbormaster and bay constables  will crack down on speeding boats, overcrowded boats and intoxicated boaters, as they do all season long, with a heightened presence this holiday weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the Huntington Harbormaster’s Office will have a full complement of four (4) patrol boats and the pump out boat in service. Boaters should call VHS Channel 16 for emergencies on the water and Channel 9 for pump out service. Extra life jackets are available at the Harbormaster’s Office, (631) 351-3255.

“This has been an unusual and very busy boating season. The shutdown from the ongoing public health crisis has driven more people to the water,” Lupinacci said. “This has resulted in more kayakers and boaters needing rescue, with our Harbormaster’s Office averaging one rescue a day from early May through mid-June. When you enter Huntington’s waterways, be prepared: Wear a mask when on the docks until you are on your boat and have your lifejackets, flares, and documentation on board.”

The state also said this week that state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend. 

Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.

“As we are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, we must remember all the sacrifices New Yorkers have made to flatten the curve of the pandemic and be cautious in everything we do,” Gov. Andrew M.  Cuomo said. “The virus does not take a holiday, and so I urge New Yorkers who are visiting swimming pools to follow all the social distancing guidelines in effect to protect themselves and each other. When you’re not in a pool, where a mask if you can’t socially distance. The bottom line is be vigilant and stay safe while enjoying some time outside.”

The Huntington Town Hall offices are closed Friday to mark the holiday. Town beaches are open but to Huntington residents only and with safety restrictions in place.

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