The 4th of July is a wonderful time when we celebrate our nation’s birthday, the date we gained our independence as a nation. However, these celebrations also can be a source of stress if you are recovering from addiction. It’s important to find events that offer a sober and wholesome experience for you and your family, so that you can fully enjoy the holiday. Learn how to spend your 4th of July in the Hamptons in a safe, sober, and family-friendly way!
The Dunes East Hampton wants you to be prepared for this holiday Hamptons summer events, and feel confident that you can have a good time while staying sober. Here is a guide to some family-friendly, sober-friendly events going on in The Hamptons this Independence Day.
A Full Weekend of Fun – 4th of July in the Hamptons
The Hamptons are going all-out this 4th of July, providing fun events and activities from July 1-4. Celebrate your American pride all weekend long!
Saturday, July 1
Live Music at Montauk Yacht Club
Enjoy live music performances Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the Montauk Yacht Club. Click the link below to see the event calendar with artist names, times, and locations.
Season Spectacular Benefit presents JAY LENO
See Jay Leno live. Need we say more?
Sunday, July 2
North Shore Pops Concert
Who doesn’t love a concert in the park? Tap your toes to classic tunes, contemporary hits and American patriotic songs performed by talented local musicians in the North Shore Pops Concert Band. The Sunday performance begins at 8:30 p.m. at Heckscher Park in Huntington.
On July 2nd, the annual firecracker run will take place. This is an 8K run or 3 mile walk that is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. The run cost is $30 per person and benefits the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund. This is a fun and athletic way to kick off your sober holiday.
Monday, July 3
Montauk Monday Night Concerts on the Green
Bring your chairs and picnic dinner for an enjoyable an evening of outdoor entertainment. This free concert series runs Monday nights June 26 through August 27. The July 3 concert will feature The Realm – An original band from the East End of Long Island, playing music with reggae, rock and ska influences.
Southampton Concerts in the Park
If you’re in the Southampton area, you check out the summer concerts hosted in Agawam Park and Coopers Beach. The July 3 concert features Nancy Atlas.
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day!
Southampton Village 4th of July Parade
What better way to celebrate a 4th of July in the Hamptons that with a parade? Southampton Village hosts a July 4th parade, starting at 9:30 a.m. along Second St. Pike from Jaymor Road to Klinger Middle School.
Stars Over Montauk July 4th Fireworks
Montauk’s annual fireworks display is one of the highlights of the season for this 4th of July in the Hamptons. As such, it draws big crowds, so be sure to get there well before the 9 p.m. start time to stake out your spot on Umbrella Beach.
Fireworks Celebrations – Hamptons 4th of July
In addition to the Stars Over Montauk fireworks, there are a number of other places you can go to view fireworks this 4th of July weekend in the Hamptons. Some of the locations include the Hampton Beach Village District, North Sea Fire Department, Riverhead Raceway, Devon Yacht Club, Sag Harbor Yacht Club, Polo Grounds, Riverhead, Wading River, Westhampton Country Club, and Jamesport Fire Department.
Throw a Party of Your Own
If you’re concerned that even these family-friendly events could involve unwanted temptations or triggers, you have the option of hosting your own 4th of July in the Hamptons party. Schedule a day with friends and loved ones at your favorite beach spot in the Hamptons. Invite guests over to your home who are supportive of your recovery and will enjoy a sober holiday with you. If you need additional help, look into family resources for more suggestions.
Preparation is Key
Take your time to research the events you think you and your family will enjoy. Finding out more details about the event will give you a better idea of what to expect and prepare you for any potential triggers. Consider bringing your own non-alcoholic drink with you wherever you go. This will prevent others from asking you if you want a drink, or making you feel like you need one.
Come up with a backup plan in case the situation is too stressful. Make others in your group aware of the plan so they aren’t caught off guard if you need to duck out of the event early. If you have additional questions or concerns, check out our faqs or reach out to our addiction treatment specialists.