First off, fireworks.
In Southampton, it’s the American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci tonight, Friday, July 1, At 7 p.m. They will be shot off at 1030 Meadow Lane, where there will be a picnic and carnival booths and games too, benefitting the Southampton Fresh Air Home. Rain date is Sunday, July 3.
Also on Friday, the North Sea Fire Department will set off fireworks around 10 p.m. and again Sunday, July 3, during its 71st annual carnival, which runs through Sunday at Firemen’s Field.
On Saturday, July 2, the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett will shoot off fireworks after dusk.
Also on Saturday, the Sag Harbor Yacht Club will present the John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks celebration starting at 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket to Marine Park or Haven’s Beach to get the best views.
Still need more airy explosions, then head to the Westhampton Country Club Fireworks on Sunday, July 3. The fireworks will be shot off on Potunk Lane in Westhampton Beach around 9 p.m.
On Monday, July 4, don’t miss the Southampton Village 4th of July Parade, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Railroad Plaza and heading down Main Street and Jobs Lane, ending at Monument Square at Agawam Park.
Complete the weekend with the Montauk Chamber of Commerce fireworks display on Monday, July 4, around 9ish. Grab a blanket and head to Umbrella or IGA Beach, or get super fancy and take the dinner cruise.
For Friday, July 1:
At the Parrish, it’s Mambo Loco playing Sounds of Summer starting at 6 p.m.
The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is opening “Every Village Has a Story: People” with a reception tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
At Marders in Bridgehampton, it’s big screen time with “Films on the Haywall.” Tonight’s screening will be “Hamlet,” starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Bring a beach chair, a blanket and a picnic. Films start at dark, but not before 9:00 p.m.
I’m bummed I’ll be missing movie night but I’m psyched that I’ll be watching “Last Night at Ballyhoo” at Bay Street, which I think is going to be absolutely fabulous. That show stages through July 24.
On Saturday, July 2:
Comedy gets serious as Mario Cantone takes the stage at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. and Kathy Griffin headlines the Season Spectacular benefit performance and dinner at 7 p .m.
Hankering for some refreshing art? Then jump into “Water|Bodies,” co-curated by Eric Fischl and David Kratz at the Southampton Arts Center, opening with a reception on Saturday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. This show explores water, bodies and the inevitable meeting of the two.