NORTH FORK, NY — July 4 events across the country will not look the same this year, thanks to the coronavirus. Many cities and towns have been forced to cancel the annual Fourth of July events, including the annual fireworks celebrations in Greenport and Orient, and on Shelter Island.
The Greenport Fire Department's annual Phenix Hook & Ladder Co. and Relief Hose Co. Carnival, which features two nights of fireworks every year, as well as the Orient Harbor Independence Day Fireworks and annual Shelter Island Fireworks, have all been canceled.
A fireworks show in Riverhead at the Peconic waterfront has also been canceled; town officials said that the fireworks will definitely be back in 2021, and some may take place during the holiday bonfire in December, but those plans are not finalized.
Fireworks at other locations across the East End have also been canceled this year.
But don't despair: A fireworks show is still taking place in Southampton on July 3.
Although fireworks on the North Fork have been canceled, there are still plenty of things to do around the area in July, including the beach, biking, North Fork restaurants and shops, camping at Suffolk County sites and hiking on country trails, events at Riverhead Raceway beginning in mid-July, shopping at the Tanger Outlets, now open again, and the Long Island Aquarium, re-opening with new safety protocols.
Due to the pandemic, counties or cities may adjust or cancel events at the last minute. Check your event before you go. Know of other events in the area? Post them on the Patch calendar or share details on our free Neighbor Post feature.
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