The much anticipated firework display in Asharoken is scheduled for Fourth of July weekend, with the Village of Asharoken announcing on its website its annual show this Monday, July 4. The fireworks will be launched from a barge on the sound side of Asharoken Avenue and will begin at approximately 9:15pm, weather permitting. The rain date is Tuesday, July 5.
There are no public parking facilities in Asharoken, and no parking on public streets; all traffic and parking laws are strictly enforced as congestion builds up due to the show. Those who would like to catch a glimpse of the fireworks but don’t live in Asharoken or know someone who lives in Asharoken can do so from Crab Meadow Beach, although past experience says to arrive (very) early and expect a (very) large crowd. For those living or with friends in Northport Village, the fireworks are also visible from vantage points on James Street and Ocean Avenue. These sites are better walked to and parking is scarce; please respect resident properties while viewing the show.
Check asharoken.com through July 4 for last-minute updates.
Safe in the water: Temporary 5 mph boating speed zones from 8:30-11pm on July 4th
This past Thursday afternoon, Supervisor Ed Smyth, Huntington Harbormaster Fred Uvena, and other town officials were joined by the SCPD Marine Bureau and members of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs to announce plans to increase enforcement against intoxicated and unsafe boating during the 4th of July holiday weekend. Also present was “Brianna’s Law” boating safety advocate, Gina Lieneck.
Every year on July 4th, the Town of Huntington (TOH) Harbormaster sets temporary 5 mph boating speed zones in Huntington waterways from 8:30-11pm. The wake from a speeding boat can create dangerous situations, potentially destabilizing a smaller or overcrowded boat; the TOH implements these temporary speed zones due to the overwhelming number of boats in the waters (from 800 to 1,000 boats) for Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations.
The Harbormaster’s office will be supporting the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, stepping up enforcement on speeding boats, intoxicated boating, and conducting boat stops to prevent unnecessary tragedies.
Brianna's Law requires all power boaters to complete a New York State-approved boater safety course. The law is named after Gina Lieneck's daughter, Brianna, who was 11 years old when she was killed by a speeding and intoxicated boater in 2005.
Want to see some fireworks but don't want to stay up late the night before camp/returning to work/etc.? The St. Anthony’s Family Feast and Festival will host its fireworks show at 9:45pm on Saturday, July 2. The festival is on the Trinity Regional School grounds at 1025 Fifth Avenue in East Northport. For more on the feast and festival, click here.