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Great Cow Harbor Weekend is back, and coming to Northport Village


Cow Harbor Weekend parade, photo courtesy of the Cow Harbor Weekend website.

Cow Harbor Weekend, the most loved (and well-attended) event in celebration of the Northport community, will take place from this Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19. With last year’s events cancelled due to the pandemic, community members and people across Long Island aike are excited for the return of the Great Cow Harbor Race, Cow Harbor Parade, musical performances, art vendors, sidewalk sales and more.

The weekend is jam-packed with activities, beginning on Friday with the chip/race number pickup for race participants at the Bronson Building from 6:30-9pm. Race numbers are also available at the same location on Saturday morning, between 7-8am.

The 10K race is held on Saturday morning, with road closures taking effect at 7:15am and the first flight of runners released occurring at 8:30am. Race director Rich Boziwick told the Journal that 4,200 people registered for the live run, and even more will be participating in the virtual run. “We have an Elite field that travels into Northport from all over the Continental U.S.,” Rich said. The race is one of the most prestigious foot races in the country and is nationally ranked, according to the Cow Harbor website.

The race has a staggered start and runners are grouped according to their predicted finish times. Start times, or “wave designations,” are assigned to all runners at registration. Race participants are provided with a shuttle bus that runs from Northport High School to the starting line in the morning, and then back to the high school from the finish line, after the race.

The 2K Fun Run/Walk, which begins at 8:48am, is open to people of all ages and skill levels. This is a nonprofit event held in cooperation with a number of community organizations. Proceeds from the Fun Run go to Special Olympics Long Island, the Veterans Administration and our local food pantry.

On Saturday night, there’s a decorated boat display at the Village dock at 6pm, followed by live music at the bandstand in Northport Village Park at 8pm. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners to enjoy during the show.

Cow Harbor Day is Sunday, which features a parade down Main Street, park vendors, live music and waterfront activities. The parade begins at noon at the Bronson building. It’s open to local community and nonprofit organizations, and local school groups, and travels north on Laurel Avenue, then down Main Street to the harbor.

After the parade, Main Street remains closed until 6pm. Sidewalk sales will be stationed along Main Street, and the Village parking lots and greens will have rides, vendors and music. At 2pm, head down to the harbor for the “Crazy Boat Races.”

The weekend festivities end at 5pm on Sunday, when vendors clean and pack up; Main Street and the parking lots open again at 6pm.

For more information on this weekend’s events, visit the Cow Harbor Weekend website.