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Here's Where To Find Real Americans In The Hamptons

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Few places do up fireworks and parades quite like the Hamptons. Here's a comprehensive guide to where to experience the magic.

FRIDAY, JULY 1ST - ABOUT 9:15PM
Southampton Fresh Air Home’s Annual American Picnic (Fireworks by Grucci)
1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton (fireworks will be shot off over Shinnecock Bay)

The Grucci family doesn't mess around when it comes to fireworks, so this aerial display is one of the most popular (and crowded). But don't even think about driving on the beach...it's closed from 650 Meadow Lane up to Road D because of nesting plovers. For those not attending the Fresh Air Home's event, head to Cooper's Beach. Rain date is Sunday, July 3rd.

· Southampton Fresh Air Home [Official Site]
· Southampton Village Department of Fire Prevention [Official Site]

FRIDAY, JULY 1ST & SUNDAY, JULY 3RD - ABOUT 10PM
North Sea Fire Department Fireworks
North Sea Fire Department's Memorial Athletic Field, Straight Path and Johnson Avenue, Southampton

Head there early for their annual carnival (starts at 7pm) and the fireworks will go off at at about 10pm on both days. More pre-recorded info is here: (631) 283-3629. Rain date is Monday, July 4th.

· North Sea Fire Department [Official Site]

SATURDAY, JULY 2ND - ABOUT 9:30PM
Devon Yacht Club Fireworks
300 Abrams Landing Road, Amagansett

While only members are allowed to watch from the Devon Yacht Club property, non-members can still have a great view from Fresh Pond Beach.

· Devon Yacht Club [Official Site]

SATURDAY, JULY 2ND - ABOUT 9:30PM
Sag Harbor Yacht Club Fireworks
27 Bay Street, Sag Harbor

This is also a members-only club, but the fireworks are viewable from Haven’s Beach, Marine Park, Long Wharf, and most all of the various waterfront restaurants.

· Sag Harbor Yacht Club [Official Site]

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD - ABOUT 8:45PM
Westhampton Beach Country Club Fireworks
35 Potunk Lane, Westhampton Beach

For those who don't pay annual dues at this club, the fireworks can be seen throughout the village, especially on Main Street. Rain date is Monday, July 4th.

· Westhampton Beach Country Club [Official Site]

MONDAY, JULY 4TH - ABOUT 9PM
Stars Over Montauk by Grucci
Umbrella Beach, Montauk

This fireworks show is an extremely popular one in the Hamptons, and driving through Montauk during this time (especially once the fireworks end) is an absolute nightmare. Make sure to arrive early enough to have time to settle down and enjoy the show.

· Montauk Chamber of Commerce [Official Site]

MONDAY, JULY 4TH - 10AM TO 1PM
Southampton's Fourth of July Parade
Main Street to Jobs Lane in Southampton Village

This is as classic as it gets. At this parade (which is the largest on Long Island), you'll get your fill of floats, dancers, veterans, rock bands, classic cars, and American flags. The Grand Marshals this year are two Tuskegee Airmen from World War II.

· Village of Southampton [Official Site]

—Brittany Lerner