I am re-blogging this today after I got a comment from someone on this post from last year....the comment was an inspiration to me and was written by someone who is acknowledging the respect he has for the soldier who has fought and died for all of us....Read on:

FLAGS ARE FLYING ALONG EVERY STREET--as Southampton Village prepares the streets for the July 4th parade and all the accompanyingFLAGS ARE FLYING! crowds. The parade begins at the train station and meanders Southward to Monument Square where the park awaits the crowds, the bands, the veterans who have survived so many battles.

Not many know that during the Revolutionary War, Southampton was "occupied" by British Troops...At that time, according to early Southampton Town records, the village was literally abandoned by the local families when they left their homes and moved to Connecticut for the duration of the war. Upon return, they had to rebuild and "re-develop" their agricultural land and lay claim to the life they once knew.

The time for celebration of Independence Day is very much like the celebration that we know today---Forth of July Fireworks, parades and picnics were added at the very beginning by John Adams  when he laid out the "proclamation" following the Declaration of Independence:

"The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."  (The second of July was the actual day the Declaration of Independence was written --the documents were signed on the fourth, thus the date of celebration.)





The 19th century train station takes on the air of "Fanfare" for the Women's Open at the Sebonac Golf Club on Great Peconic Bay this week before the 4th of July.......The batting and flags flying! The Open runs for a week, just before the big 4th of July holiday in Southampton Village.


The LIRR has kept the connection with Manhattan and the rest of Long Island, including both forks since it opened in 1834. It is the oldest US railroad still operating as it travels between all of Long Island and Grand Central Station. It is the second busiest commuter train in North America, serving about 81 million passengers each year.

 The historic depot is built of local flagstones  and represents the "Luxury" of travel by rail in the mid 19th century---this was more than just a place to buy a ticket for the train--this was a meeting spot for many; a place to gather before an arrival and a place of farewell for those leaving on a long was and still is a perfect spot  to begin any parade!


This July 4th, it will be the starting point of the parade that draws so many people to Southampton Village for the yearly event.

Revolutionary War uniforms are worn by musket carrying soldiers; bag pipers in full garb, ancient fire trucks with their water hoses at the ready, and local high school bands who have been selected to participate in this huge parade, all gather at the depot....

It will take over an hour to go South, the whole length of North Main Street, to Main Street and then to jobs Lane and to Agawam park at the end of it. The streets are lined with American flags and the train station, where the July 4th parade begins, is decked with swags of batting and American flags. The flagpole is surrounded by flowers in the colors of the flag and everything that can be, is cleaned, swept and be-decked for the most popular holiday in Historic Southampton Village!



There are many displays of fireworks throughout the Town but I have found the best are right here in the Village. The Village fireworks take place at the Southern end of the lake, on the ocean beaches. The best view can be had right in Agawam Park, looking South.

STEVENSON'S TOY STOREWhen the parade and the fireworks end, that is when the fun starts--shopping at Stevenson's Toy Store is a highlight of the Holiday for the kids who  come here. There is an endless supply of stuff as well: Small American flags, balloons galore and whistles, candy and other small toys are favorites of the crowds. Then there are the bigger toys, i.e. the miniature automobiles that are so popular with children today, the perennial bicycle...revived as a beach going bike with a basket on the handle bars, and of course--the ever popular little red wagon!



A rare sight: An empty park with the World War II monument in the background. This is a playground as well with the most fantastic playground equipment tucked behind the hedgerow on the left. There are fountains in the lake that make for an interesting place to have a picnic...lobster rolls from the Jobs Lane Deli, sandwiches from Schmidt's or even a basket of fried chicken....there is plenty of room in Memorial Square called Agawam park....plenty of room to run and play and to relax and watch the 21 gun salute and the speeches honoring those who have gone before us. 




With it's history filled with Revolutionary War battles, seafaring families and early American farmers, this area is replete with the remnants of the earliest Puritan families who settled here in 1640...

Military recognition is an essential part of the Villages existence...and every memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day you will find the local families gathering for another celebration in commemoration of the battles fought and won; the life here is not complete without them!



 The flag display of the National Ensign at the foot of Agawam park is one of patriotic tribute to those who founded this country and for those who fought to keep us free.

The display contains the Naval Tele-communications procedures for the US Power Squadron.

In addition to the American flag, there is a club flag, a U.S. ensign, and an officer's flag...all on display and ready for the celebration of the birth of our nation.

The Forth of July is the one holiday where you are sure to find one and all gathered to honor our ancestors struggles and their patriotic accomplishments.

From the very beginning, Southampton Village is the appropriate place where these accomplishments are best represented and celebrated!





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Comment balloon 5 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • June 29 2014 07:15AM


Hello Paula,  Great blog, I love July 4th and everyone should remember the importance of it.  I am glad to see you,  do not see you playing in the rain much.  Have a great day

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

Hi Will:  I have been so busy that blogging has fallen to the bottom of the list of priorities. I do miss it here but  when I look at my calander There is little room for anything but open houses, showing houses, advertising listings and on and on....I have record number of listings so they are time consuming as you know.  

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 4 years ago
Here is a comment that was on my post from some time ago--the 4th of July post from last year. Edward Moore just wrote this late last night or early this morning and I don't know about you but it says everything I feel about the American Soldier!
Edward F. Moore

My Father “The American Soldier”:
My Father the American Solder is the closest man to God I know.
​He was there to give me birth.
​He protected me as I grew to man hood.
​He sheltered my body and feed my soul and provided for my every need.
​He put his own Life and Liberty on the front battle field of war for his family.
​He became my Closest Friend and Mentor.
​He taught me Love by example and spoke very few words of love.
​He worked humbly in the factories of Life and bowed down to no man.
​He did not seek wealth or power but the joy of a smiling face from the Children.
He never told a lie as he feared no man and sort no dishonest gain.
He simply taught by example the simple truth of the Gospel.

My Father The American Soldier:
He lived a Life that said in deed.
Take care of your family, your friends, and your fellow man and ask no thing in return; be there for them when they need you and be strong, give to the day you leave this Earth. My father the soldier simply puts in deed what most of us put in Words. My father the Soldier like Christ on the Cross simply heals and transforms the world by taking on the suffering burden of his fellow man, his family, his friends, and his whole world. My father the Soldier like Christ the son so loved his fellow man that he takes upon him-self his suffering and through his own Faith, Courage, Love bears this burden until his father in Heaven brings him Home. My Father The American Soldier: Those that equate the American Soldier with the terrorist who kill women and children
while they commit human suicide have no understanding of the American Soldier, his history, and have never, been loved by the American Soldier.
To protect the weak and the un-armed, to put him-self in arms way with the goal of returning home;
back to his family, his Nation, his freedom.
My father the American Soldier knows that he is the one that stands tall as a wall to protect, his family and the environment; his world where his family, his Children live and play, His Nation.
My father the American Soldier understands that the wave of destruction must be stopped before it reaches his Home Land.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Hi Paula, This was a great post last year and remains so this year. I love this history of Southampton. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 4 years ago

Hi William,

Thank you for reading it again this year...I really think that this is the Holiday of all Holidays because of the sentimental value and the fact that this country is in such chaos right now. We all need to focus on being attentive to all the things that we have here that no other country offers. I feel so grateful to be living here and that engenders fear that we may lose it if we are not careful

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 4 years ago