The Fourth of July marks the unofficial start of summer, and if you’re a New Yorker and lucky enough to head to the beaches on the East End of Long Island, you know how seriously people take the holiday. In an effort to help you narrow down your choice of Independence Day activities we turned to Libby Fitzgerald, the owner of Sea Star Beachwear, the quintessential summer show spot and Southampton local to give us all the deets. Happy Birthday, ‘merica!
Nothing is more quintessentially American than the historic villages in Eastern Long Island. During the summer they may seem overrun by Manhattanites escaping the heat of the city, but if you take a moment to step away from the crowds you will find simple experiences that will take you back to the Fourth of July traditions of childhood. Local parades with firemen and floats, clambakes on the bay, and plenty of fireworks displays abound to celebrate our Nation's birthday next week. Below are some of the ways I will be observing the 4th and enjoying the Hamptons with family and friends!
— Libby Fitzgerald
1. Eat Ice Cream at The Candy Kitchen
2391 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton
+1 631 537 9885
Located in the heart of Bridgehampton, The Candy Kitchen is a delightful throwback to quieter, simpler times on the East End. Not only do they serve fabulous homemade ice cream, but the burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches are to die for!
2. Ride a Bike to Flying Point Beach
1055 Flying Point Rd, Southampton
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Hamptons, the cut at Flying Point is where Mecox Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The breathlessly wide beach is a great place to lounge and relax while the kids ride the tide in and out of the cut. Flying Point is also a highly popular surfing destination.
3. Watch Fourth of July Fireworks
36 Barkers Island Rd, Southampton
+1 631 283 1594
On Friday, July 5th, the Southampton Fresh Air Home’s American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci is a great place to celebrate our country’s birthday. Festivities include a fun-filled carnival with games, stilt walkers and magicians, a delicious American picnic, music, dancing and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay!
4. Stroll and Shop in Sag Harbor
Historic Sag Harbor has always been a shopping destination, and there are several wonderful new stores that have opened this season. WildSide (85 Main Street, Sag Harbor) is an import from Saint Barth’s offering tropical island flair. LoveShackFancy (117 Main St, Sag Harbor; +1 631 808 3995) specializes in dreamy summer styles. Matriark (133 Main Street, Main St., Sag Harbor; +1 631 919 5577) is a highly curated shop of women-only designed and owned brands.
5. Indulge at Round Swamp Farm
97 School Street, Bridgehampton
+ 631 296 8078
Round Swamp Farm in Bridgehampton offers the finest locally grown produce and fresh baked goods. Perfect for your family get togethers over the weekend. Sweet corn season is almost here!
6. Sip Rosé and Watch the Sunset
35 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights
+1 631 749 2001
Sunset Beach Hotel is a perennial favorite on Shelter Island. Enjoy the people watching and the sunset while sipping a cool rosé and dancing to tunes from La Cote d’Azur!
7. Visit The Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill
+1 631 283 2118
Hopefully the weather will remain beautiful, but if the skies are grey or you just need a break from the bustle of the beach, the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton is a jewel box of treasures. The permanent collection features artists from the eastern end of Long Island, and the seasonal exhibitions always delight!
Libby Fitzgerald is the CEO and Founder of Sea Star Beachwear, a specialized lifestyle brand that designs and sells fashionable water shoe espadrilles for women, men, and kids. After searching for a water shoe to protect her feet from coral, rocks, and broken shells that was also chic enough to wear to lunch, around town, and boating, Libby found no shoe existed to serve all these purposes at once. She launched Sea Star Beachwear in summer 2015 with the goal of creating the ultimate resort and summer water sport shoe and lifestyle brand. The classic espadrille design was reimagined with a water-friendly neoprene upper and a protective rubber sole. Sea Star Beachwear's shoes transition in style from ocean swimming to rock beaches or rainy city pavement while staying comfortable and cool. The espadrilles dry in the sun in 15 minutes and are ready for the next adventure.