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 accompanying 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 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!
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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.
When 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.
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!
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!!!