Happy Fourth of July!
Celebrate with a parade!

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Happy Fourth of July!


Things to do this weekend to celebrate America or to just get out of the house




Lonely? So are these dogs without homes

Stop watching dog videos on Facebook and live them. The Asher House & Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue are hosting an adoption event at the Blue Point Brewing Company on Saturday, July 6 from 5-7 p.m. Lee Asher and his adoptable shelter dogs travel the country looking for a home, and he is stopping in Patchogue. Dogs and beer are really all one needs in life, anyway.

See Whitney Houston

Not literally, but you can see Kimber Sprawl portray her iconic character Rachel Marron in the Gateway Playhouse production of “The Bodyguard – The Musical.” The movie starring Houston made songs like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You” international hits. The show opens this weekend and runs until Saturday, July 20. Tickets are available at www.thegateway.org.

Show off your moves!

The Oar in Patchogue is hosting a Sunday Dance Party starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 to help you forget that Monday is approaching. The party will feature music from The Vibe, whose repertoire spans hits from the ‘70s to today in a high-energy performance. Make sure you stay hydrated!

Watch people punch each other

Why pay for TV when you can pay for food and drinks and get TV free? Rudi’s Bar & Grill in North Patchogue is hosting a watch party for the UFC fight on Saturday, July 6, with drink and food specials. They’ll let you order food until 3 a.m., too. If you care, the main event features Jon Jones battling Thiago Santos and Amanda Nunes battling Holly Holm.

Party on the farm

H.O.G. Farm in Brookhaven hamlet is hosting a Fourth of July Party with fireworks and live music from Sound Swell and Hymn for Her. There are not many better celebrations of America than street food from a giant truck. Party starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m., Thursday, July 4. $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers, $10 for teens and kids under 12 are free. 

Catch the parade

The annual Patchogue Lions Club Independence Day Parade is scheduled for Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m. on Main Street. The 65th annual parade will honor WWII veteran and Patchogue Lions past president Sam Stahlman.  

Do good—attend a charity fundraiser

Old School vs. New School, first annual Independence Day Classic basketball game fundraiser to benefit youth basketball programs in South Country Schools. Suffolk’s top seniors will play past top seniors at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5 at the Bellport High School. Skills competition begins at 6:30 p.m. and game starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, raffles and prizes. Admission is $5 per adult, $2 per student and children under 10 are free. Skills competition, dunk contest and three-point contest are included.

Garden tour

The 18th annual Patchogue Garden Club Tour will take place on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Community Garden on the corner of South Ocean Avenue and Terry Street from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 


The essence of the experience: bubbles. At the Gateway Playhouse on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m., world-famous, Guinness Book of World Records-holding, master bubble wrangler Jeff Boyer will take bubbles to a whole new level. Don’t blow your chance to see this. We’re sure tickets will sell fast, considering how popular bubbles are. 

Fireworks by Grucci

Go 4th on the Bay on July 3, with a Grucci Fireworks display on the Connetquot River in Oakdale at 9:15 p.m. Viewing spots for the 12-minute program are at The Snapper Inn, The View, Oakdale Yacht Club, Nicoll’s Point Marina, Vanderbilt’s Wharf, Timber Point. Free. The fireworks are shot off a barge right off the Snapper Inn. On July 4 there will also be a performance at the Brookhaven Amphitheater at 9:30 p.m., that’s about 18 minutes long and there are 25 different scenes, a happy face, heart patterns, a relay pattern that’s a revolving globe.