By Janee Law
This weekend is sure to contain lots of giant family barbeques; soaking in the sun poolside or at the beach; red, white and blue everything; and, of course, firework displays.
Here’s a taste of the many ways to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend around the Town of Huntington.
On the holiday itself, the Village of Asharoken will be celebrating the America’s independence with its annual July Fourth Fireworks display starting at 9:20 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Long Island Sound of Asharoken Avenue.
Before coming to the event, residents and property owners should be aware that there is no parking on any village street, and that there are no public parking facilities in the village.
Guests of residents should park on the party of the owner they are visiting. In addition, with safety being the utmost importance this holiday, Asharoken’s traffic and parking laws will be strictly enforced.
While watching the firework display, residents can enjoy a toasty bonfire, weather permitting. Make sure bonfires are not oversized, and that only wood materials are burned.
Personal fireworks will not be allowed. Officers from the Asharoken Village police Department will be patrolling the beach.
So sit back, relax with family and friends, snuggle up next to a warm fire and watch the sky illuminate over the water.
The rain date for this event is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, visit Asharoken.com.
For those interested in celebrating before Fourth of July, the 25th-annual St. Anthony’s family feast and festival will be held today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Trinity Regional School Grounds (1025 5th Ave.).
The festivities kicked off Wednesday, with rides, games, food, refreshments, entertainment and its first display of fireworks. It continues, however, 6-11 p.m. tonight; 6-11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 3-9 p.m. on Sunday. Another fireworks display is slated for Saturday night.
Each night, the festival will feature musical performances from different genres like classic rock, rock and roll, contemporary rock and oldies.
For those competitive residents with a love for food, a zeppole eating contest will be held on Friday. Adults 21 years or older can test their luck in the Las Vegas games air-conditioned casino.
Admission is free. For more information, visit Newtonshows.com.
For those ready to begin Fourth of July celebrations in the morning, the Eaton's Neck Fire Department will kick off its 45th-annual Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. Members of the fire department will make their way from 55 Eatons Neck Road to greet those stationed alongside the parade route.
The department will be honoring former Eaton’s Neck Fire Commissioner Walter Roy Beach, who will be turning 90 years old that same day.
Beach, who is a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, has served the Eaton's Neck Fire Department for 43 years, and will be the parade's grand marshal. Beach works the firehouse radio room during alarms, continuing to be an active member of the department.
For more information on the parade, call 631-757-8932.