As always, the North Fork kicks it up a notch for the birthday of our country. Here’s a sampling of the scheduled events.
• The Greenport Fire
Department hosts its 45th annual carnival Tuesday through Saturday, July 4-8, at the Polo Grounds on Moore’s Lane, with fireworks on Tuesday and Saturday nights. This lively event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. and is hosted by Phenix Hook & Ladder Co. and Relief Hose Company. More information can be found at greenportvillage.com.
• The Jamesport Meeting House Chorus will hold a concert Sunday, July 2, at 4 p.m. called “My Countries, My Songs.” The program will include American classics such as “This Is My Country,” “God Bless America,” and “America the Beautiful,” as well as patriotic music from around the world. Old-fashioned ice cream social. Tickets at the door cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Discounted advance tickets are available at jamesportmeetinghouse.org for $18/$9 respectively.
• The 25th annual Fourth of July parade in New Suffolk begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Hosted by the New Suffolk Civic Association, a barbecue and commencement speech will follow at New Suffolk beach.
• A patriotic Heritage Day parade, hosted by the Oysterponds Historical Society, steps off Sunday, July 2, at noon. The parade begins at the Civil War Monument on Village Lane and the festivities continue until 3 p.m. with a barbecue at Poquatuck Park, complete with food, music and good company.
• Fireworks will appear over Orient Yacht Club Sunday, July 2. The Orient-East Marion Causeway will provide a front-row seat, as the fireworks will be shot offshore after dark.
• A 67th annual celebration at Riverhead Raceway will be accompanied by fireworks Saturday, July 1. The event will feature a variety of races, including a demolition derby and a Big Wheels race. For more information, visit riverheadraceway.com.
• On Monday, July 3, downtown Riverhead will host a concert at 6 p.m. featuring Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could and the Misspent Youth Band. The celebration includes face painters, stilt walkers and an American flag giveaway. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. on the riverfront.
• Fireworks Monday, July 3, at 9:15 p.m. in Grangebel Park on Peconic Avenue in Riverhead.
• The 20th annual Village Merchants Fourth of July parade will march down Southold’s Main Street at noon on Tuesday, July 4. The parade is known as one of the North Fork’s most authentic and community-friendly activities, with many local programs participating.