It's been said for ages that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - so why skimp on this important meal when there are so many great breakfast joints right here on Long Island? Whether you're in the mood for a stack of flapjacks, a protein-packed omelet and some bacon, healthy & hearty oatmeal, or you're just looking for a new way to start your day, Long Island has countless restaurants that cater just to the breakfast crowd. If you're ready to start the day off right with a delicious, filling meal, then this is the Guide for you - rounding up some of the best breakfast eateries in both Nassau and Suffolk. The best part is you don't have to be an early bird to enjoy these eateries - many of them serve breakfast all day long, so even if you're looking for a casual late breakfast, or a fun spin on dinner, you can stop by, and enjoy some of your morning favorites! So round up your friends or the family, and make sure to bring your appetite - we've put together some of our favorite local Breakfast & Brunch Spots for you, Long Island, and it's time for the Battle of the Breakfasts!
The Fourth of Julyis a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The first public reading of the Declaration was held on July 8, 1776 in Philadelphia’s Independence Square. One year later, on July 4, 1777, Independence Day was celebrated with ringing bells, band music, bonfires and fireworks. This Fourth of July, Long Islanders will continue the tradition with unbroken fervor. The list of parades, picnics, firework displays, concerts, fairs and celebrations on Long Island is virtually limitless. So get ready to enjoy some great outdoor activities and beautiful weather in celebration of our nation’s independence!
Independence Day Celebration Sagamore Hill National Historic Site 20 Sagamore Hill Road Oyster Bay, NY 516-922-4788 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11 am – 4 pm Free
Enjoy an old fashioned Independence Day celebration at the Sagamore Hill home of Theodore Roosevelt featuring James Foote reenacting Theodore Roosevelt, the Sagamore Hill Band, Rough Riders reenactment, storyteller Jonathan Kruk and speeches by local dignitaries. This is a free event open to all. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Food will be available for purchase. Presented by the National Park Service.
Independence Day Celebrations Peconic Riverfront Riverhead, NY Tuesday, July 3, 2012 5-9:30 pm
Celebrate Independence Day on thePeconic Riverfront in Riverhead. A family concert begins at 5:30 pm with Who Are Those Guys, followed by Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could and then the rock and roll superstars tribute band Rock & Roll Review. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7pm
On the second day of the celebration come see The Blues Brotherhood – A tribute to the Blues Brothers. The Blues Brotherhood covers the best material from the original "Blues Brothers" as well as other classic blues, funk, and soul tunes in a style unique to the "Brotherhood." So hold on to your hats (and shades, for that matter) as the boys capture the sound, energy, and persona that propelled the original "Blues Brothers" into the phenomenon that still thrills audiences around the world.
Port Jefferson Fourth of July Parade Main Street Port Jefferson, NY Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10 am
Selden Wednesday Cruise Night Independence Plaza Middle Country Road Selden, NY Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5:30 pm – 9 pm Free
Selden Wednesday Cruise Night is back for the fourth year! Come down and join other local classic and muscle car owners in a large open parking lot with plenty of room to spread out. This is a landlord-approved site—no loud music and no burnouts! The shopping center offers a many food choices: Italian, Chinese, Sushi, burgers and more. Cruise night is held every Wednesday from 5:30 pm – 9pm through October 3rd.
July 4th Mixer on the Bay Beach Beach Hut at Venetian Shores 850 Venetian Blvd. Lindenhurst, NY 631-592-9804 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5:15 pm – 9:45 pm
7-In-Heaven Singles welcomes all ages to its July 4th Mixer on the Bay Beach. Come out, meet new friends and enjoy lots of fireworks over the bay! Activities include icebreakers beach volley ball, team trivia game activities at the Beach Hut, live music and dancing, raffle prizes (additional cost) and lobster meal specials. Bring your own picnic or purchase food and drinks from the Beach Hut. $5 pp organizational fee (cash is appreciated). 7-In-Heaven does not charge a membership fee. Free parking. Look for 7-In-Heaven banner!
East Meadow Farmers Market 832 Merrick Avenue East Meadow, NY 631-323-3653 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7 am – 1 pm Free Admission
Veggies, fruits, seafood, jams and jellies, flowers, plants, dairy items, dog treats, and more available at the East Meadow Farmers Market ! Presented by Long Island Growers Market.
(Every Wednesday 7 am – 1pm through November 21st).
Roslyn Farmers Market Christopher Morley Park 500 Searington Road Roslyn, NY 631-323-3653 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7 am – 1pm Free Admission
The Roslyn Farmers Market presents an array of veggies, fruits, seafood, jams and jellies, wines, pastas, all kinds of baked goods, pickles, jarred veggies and fruits, pestos and sauces, beef, chickens, eggs and more!
Huntington Summer Arts Festival in July 213 Main Street Huntington, NY 631-271-8423 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 8 pm Admission Free
The Huntington Summer Arts Festival has earned a reputation for presenting top talent to the community with superb performances from local, national and international artists. This summer marks the Festival's 47th year. Celebrate our nation’s independence as the Huntington Community Band presents “A Salute to America with Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue”.
Adult Adventures: Just a Hike (Periphery) Caumsett State Historic Park 25 Lloyd Harbor Road Huntington, NY 631-473-1770 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Adults ages 18 and up are welcome for this 6-mile, hilly, moderately-paced hike at Caumsett State Historic Park. Bring lunch and drinking water. While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during the hike. There will be a fee of $4.00 per adult. An $8.00 parking fee must be paid during the fee collection season. Advance reservations are required. To register, please call (631) 423–1770, between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Please be prompt. If others are waiting, your place may be given to them if you have not arrived when the program starts. Outdoor programs will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.
Here’s a listing of fireworks shows from Monday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 4. Please note Grucci fireworks generally start shortly after sunset. Start out early to get the best viewing location!
Long Island Ducks Ballgame and Faireworks Bethpage Ballpark 3 Courthouse Drive Central Islip, NY Monday, July 2, 2012 7:05 pm
Go 4th on the Bay Great South Bay off Fire Island And Middle Bay off Connetquot River/Nicolls Bay Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Dusk
Enjoy fantastic Grucci fireworks displays in the Great South Bay. Show will be visible on the shoreline from Smith Point to Bay Shore and from the bayside beaches on Fire Island. For stunning views from the water, climb aboard one of the Captree Fleet boats that will launch from the Captree State Park Dock between 6:30 and 7 pm. For details about the Captree Fireworks cruises, click here.
Port Jefferson Village Fireworks East and West Beaches Tuesday, July 3, 2012 9:30 pm
Fourth of July Carnival and Fireworks School Playing Fields 720 Front Street Greenport, NY Wednesday, July 4, 2012 6 pm - 11 pm Free
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Greenportthis year! Enjoy all the fun and excitement of a carnival, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, then lay back on the Greenport school grounds lawn and watch as fireworks explode overhead. Parking is available in front of the carnival on Moore’s Lane or in the school parking lot entrance off of Front St.
Stars Over Montauk Montauk's Independence Day Celebration Umbrella Beach Old Montauk Highway Montauk, NY 631-668-2428 Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 9 pm
View spectacular Grucci fireworks in Montauk from any ocean town beach. There are several town lots close to Umbrella Beach that do not require a permit, or you can park along the roadways (rain date is July 5th).
Star Spangled Blast at Bald Hill Brookhaven Amphitheater 1 Bicycle Path Farmingville, NY 631-293-2222 Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 7:30 pm
Celebrate the 4th with Grucci fireworks at Bald Hill! The Long Island Philharmonic will present a free concert followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Parking lot opens around 4:30pm and doors open around 5:30pm. Refreshments will be available.
Long Island Ducks Ballgame and Fireworks Bethpage Ballpark 3 Courthouse Drive Central Islip, NY Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7:05 pm
Village of Valley Stream 20th Annual Fireworks Show Fireman’s Field Emerson Place or Albermarle Avenue Entrances Valley Stream, NY Wednesday, July 4, 2012 6:30 pm
The Village of Valley Stream presents its 20th annual fireworks show. Tickets are $5 and are available at Collision Concepts on Rockaway Avenue at Sunrise Highway, Hendrickson Pool Facility, Village Hall and the library. Children under 2 are free. Parking is available at the Hendrickson Pool Facility with free transportation to the show. Rain date is July 5. For more information, call Boris at Collision Concepts 516-825-4433.