4TH OF JULY IN SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK...UNFORGETTABLE!

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4TH OF JULY IN SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK...UNFORGETTABLE! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PRECIOUS NATION!

FLAGS ARE FLYING ALONG EVERY STREET--as Southampton Village prepares the streets for the July 4th parade and all the accompanyingFLAGS ARE FLYING! crowds. The parade begins at the train station and meanders Southward to Monument Square where the park awaits the crowds, the bands, the veterans who have survived so many battles.

Not many know that during the Revolutionary War, Southampton was "occupied" by British Troops...At that time, according to early Southampton Town records, the village was literally abandoned by the local families when they left their homes and moved to Connecticut for the duration of the war. Upon return, they had to rebuild and "re-develop" their agricultural land and lay claim to the life they once knew.

The time for celebration of Independence Day is very much like the celebration that we know today---Forth of July Fireworks, parades and picnics were added at the very beginning by John Adams  when he laid out the "proclamation" following the Declaration of Independence:

"The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."  (The second of July was the actual day the Declaration of Independence was written --the documents were signed on the fourth, thus the date of celebration.)

 

HISTORIC SOUTHAMPTON DEPOTHISTORIC SOUTHAMPTON DEPOT; THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD IS WHERE THE PARADE STARTS ON THE 4TH OF JULY.

 

 

The 19th century train station takes on the air of "Fanfare" for the Women's Open at the Sebonac Golf Club on Great Peconic Bay this week before the 4th of July.......The batting and flags flying! The Open runs for a week, just before the big 4th of July holiday in Southampton Village.

 

The LIRR has kept the connection with Manhattan and the rest of Long Island, including both forks since it opened in 1834. It is the oldest US railroad still operating as it travels between all of Long Island and Grand Central Station. It is the second busiest commuter train in North America, serving about 81 million passengers each year.

 The historic depot is built of local flagstones  and represents the "Luxury" of travel by rail in the mid 19th century---this was more than just a place to buy a ticket for the train--this was a meeting spot for many; a place to gather before an arrival and a place of farewell for those leaving on a long journey...it was and still is a perfect spot  to begin any parade!

THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE

This July 4th, it will be the starting point of the parade that draws so many people to Southampton Village for the yearly event.

Revolutionary War uniforms are worn by musket carrying soldiers; bag pipers in full garb, ancient fire trucks with their water hoses at the ready, and local high school bands who have been selected to participate in this huge parade, all gather at the depot....

It will take over an hour to go South, the whole length of North Main Street, to Main Street and then to jobs Lane and to Agawam park at the end of it. The streets are lined with American flags and the train station, where the July 4th parade begins, is decked with swags of batting and American flags. The flagpole is surrounded by flowers in the colors of the flag and everything that can be, is cleaned, swept and be-decked for the most popular holiday in Historic Southampton Village!

FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE LOOK AT THE PARADE LAST YEAR CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.hamptons.com/Video/Around-Town/8124/On-The-Road-The-Fourth-of-July-Parade-in.html#.UcuzJ8TGwt8.email 

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2013 FIREWORKS SCHEDULE:  Fireworks Schedule 

There are many displays of fireworks throughout the Town but I have found the best are right here in the Village. The Village fireworks take place at the Southern end of the lake, on the ocean beaches. The best view can be had right in Agawam Park, looking South.

STEVENSON'S TOY STOREWhen the parade and the fireworks end, that is when the fun starts--shopping at Stevenson's Toy Store is a highlight of the Holiday for the kids who  come here. There is an endless supply of stuff as well: Small American flags, balloons galore and whistles, candy and other small toys are favorites of the crowds. Then there are the bigger toys, i.e. the miniature automobiles that are so popular with children today, the perennial bicycle...revived as a beach going bike with a basket on the handle bars, and of course--the ever popular little red wagon!

 

 

A rare sight: An empty park with the World War II monument in the background. This is a playground as well with the most fantastic playground equipment tucked behind the hedgerow on the left. There are fountains in the lake that make for an interesting place to have a picnic...lobster rolls from the Jobs Lane Deli, sandwiches from Schmidt's or even a basket of fried chicken....there is plenty of room in Memorial Square called Agawam park....plenty of room to run and play and to relax and watch the 21 gun salute and the speeches honoring those who have gone before us. 

 

MONUMENT SQUARE, SOUTHAMTON VILLAGE 

DISPLAYING THE NATIONAL ENSIGN:

With it's history filled with Revolutionary War battles, seafaring families and early American farmers, this area is replete with the remnants of the earliest Puritan families who settled here in 1640...

Military recognition is an essential part of the Villages existence...and every memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day you will find the local families gathering for another celebration in commemoration of the battles fought and won; the life here is not complete without them!

 

DISPLAYING THE NATIONAL ENSIGN

 The flag display of the National Ensign at the foot of Agawam park is one of patriotic tribute to those who founded this country and for those who fought to keep us free.

The display contains the Naval Tele-communications procedures for the US Power Squadron.

In addition to the American flag, there is a club flag, a U.S. ensign, and an officer's flag...all on display and ready for the celebration of the birth of our nation.

The Forth of July is the one holiday where you are sure to find one and all gathered to honor our ancestors struggles and their patriotic accomplishments.

From the very beginning, Southampton Village is the appropriate place where these accomplishments are best represented and celebrated!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

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Rainer
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Thomas Halzack
RightTrac Financial Group - Fairfield, CT
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Paula, I love reading about history, especially about ours! Thanks for the reminder and local flavor.

That event was the beginning of "THE GREAT EXPERIMENT" - a country governed by its people! How it has affected everything since then.

One minor point - I'm sure you mean it began (was signed) on the 2nd -not ended! The war officially ended Sept. 3, 1783. And in the minds of most, it began on April 19 1775 - at Lexington and Concord.

But....what you are referring to......the creation and signing of the United State Declaration of Independence was the linchpin upon what all else followed. A turning point in the world's history. Thank you again!

Jul 01, 2013 07:59 AM #9
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Bryan Robertson
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Great celebration blog!  There's a lot of history back east, of course, which I think makes the celebrations even more interesting.

Jul 01, 2013 08:14 AM #10
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Sarah and les: It is that and more---we are steeped in history here and you  would never know it! No one talks about it, no one has ever said to me "This is an area of high importance historically"....No I found out everything that I know through reading what I can put my hands on, by stumbling on little signs that are posted now on many of the significant locations---I still have so much to learn! 

Ed: Thanks for your good wishes--I hope you and yours enjoy this wonderful Birthday too!

Thomas: You are so right--I made the correction. There are actually people who say that John Adams made an error when he said the "The second day of July" but historians that I have heard all say that it was the actual date of the creation of the documents and the 4th the day they were signed....and I love that you pointed out that outstanding difference between the United States and other nations, it being the only nation founded on the idea of "For the people by the people" ..a country governed by its people, not the other way around!

Jul 01, 2013 08:27 AM #11
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Laura Cerrano
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Hey Paula, you did a fantastic job outlining the events taking place in South Hampton along with a beautiful tour of that location. congrats on your feature, well deserved :)

Jul 01, 2013 08:35 AM #12
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Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Bryan: You are so right...I love history; it adds such a wonderful dimension to everything we know. The search for information is very difficult however; the letters, the documents and the records of day by day happenings are all very fragile. Thank God for those who find the time to locate, organize and record those documents that have survived these many years. 

Jul 01, 2013 08:39 AM #13
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

Laura: Thank you so much! I want so much to be able to let the rest of the country and even the world know that this place called the Hamptons is so much more than a watering hole for the rich and famous---people tend to not to look deeper than that; they are missing so much....so I let them know every time they get into my car or come into my office. I always point out the historical places and things to my clients and customers.

Jul 01, 2013 08:50 AM #14
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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It looks like there are a lot of July 4th activities in your area.  I am going to have to check the NH events websites to make sure I don't miss any festivities.

Jul 01, 2013 12:44 PM #15
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Paula,  Great localism post and history of Southampton for those not familiar (and even for those who are!)   Southampton is beautiful this time of year.  Enjoy the festivities and have a happy 4th!

Jul 01, 2013 01:02 PM #16
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
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Joan: You should--there are just as many historical things there as here....Stark Park in Manchester---my sister lives right there! The statue of General Stark is a fabulous one--always a guiding force in the world!

Jul 01, 2013 02:23 PM #17
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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What a wonderful celebration blog, Paula. Southhampton seems to have it down perfectly - lots of Spirit! Nice of you to include last years parade and the History. Interesting. Have a great 4th of July, 2013.

Jul 01, 2013 03:49 PM #18
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Grant Schneider
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Paula, Southampton is such a beautiful place.  I always enjoy the beauty of the Hamptons.  The eastern part of Long Island has a part in the history of the revolution.

Jul 01, 2013 09:18 PM #19
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Jane: I think the knowledge of the history here is so deeply embedded in the local population that when it comes time to celebrate this holiday in particular--they pull out all the stops and they literally push it over the top every year.

Grant: Yes and it is a really big part--This end of Long Island is the part of New York State where it all began for just one of the thirteen colonies! It really is a very special place..

Jul 01, 2013 10:00 PM #20
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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Paula...what a great post. It reminds me of all the great 4th of July celebrations I have spent on LI...Once rented a home with friends on Hot Dog Beach....awesome.

Jul 01, 2013 11:52 PM #21
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Richie Alan Naggar
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RED EYE WORTHY

 

Hello American Airlines? Yes, I would like to book a red eye as close to Paula Hathaway's Douglas Eliman Real Estate office as possible. Yes that is Paula of ActiveRain. Oh, I enjoy her too...That'll be fine...thank you and yes I will give Paula your regards...Yes, I love her posts too

Jul 02, 2013 12:15 AM #22
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
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Jeffery: I guess Hot Dog Beach in Westhampton? It is really something to see all the beaches out here and to know that almost all of them have something going on for the 4th of July--it is such a big deal!

Richie, Richie, Richie!!! You are quite something....and I don't mind at all if you do the red eye trip just to see the fireworks here---I am sure I can find you accommodations!:) Hello American Airlines?...Yes I wanted to know when Richie's plane arrives?...Yes, that's the one! He is something else isn't he?....a real ActiveRain staple and one who knows just what to say....   

Jul 02, 2013 02:17 AM #23
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Trisha Bush-LeFore
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This all sounds wonderful! 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and I am getting anxious to start celebrating.

Jul 02, 2013 03:56 AM #24
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Trisha: Me too...it is my favorite holiday because of the meaning behind it---Just where would we be be today if it were not for our founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence?? How brilliant they were and how astounding the ideas  that were set forth!

Jul 02, 2013 06:20 AM #25
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Touch'e.... and I enjoy you

Jul 02, 2013 07:04 AM #26
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
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Richie: :)

Jul 02, 2013 09:21 AM #27
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