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July is the seventh month of the year, one of 7 months with 31 days. July is on average the warmest month in the northern hemisphere.

July’s birthstones are Ruby and Onyx. The birth flower are the Larkspur & Water Lily and the zodiac signs for the month of July are Cancer and Leo (after the 22nd).

The new moon will be on July 4 and the full moon on July 19, 2016:

July observances:

Lailatul Qadr 2
St. Thomas Day 3
Independence Day 4
Ramadan (end) 5
Eid-al-Fitr 6
St. James Day 25

National Parks Month
National Picnic Month
UV Safety Month

17 National Hot Dog Day
23 National Ice Cream Day
24 National Tequila Day
24 National Parent’s Day
29 National Lasagna Day
30 National Cheesecake Day

Independence Day Fireworks

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Independence Day celebration on the Peconic Riverfront. Family concert, stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, face painters and more.

Grab a picnic blanket and some chairs and head over to the Peconic Riverfront, just off Main Street in Riverhead to view a Grucci fireworks show, which is sponsored by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and starts at 9 p.m.

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Fri, July 1,2 and 3 2016 Long Island Ducks Post Game Fireworks
Place:  Bethpage Ballpark – Central Islip, NY
Time: After the game

Sat, July 2, 2016 Annual TD Bank Celebrates America

Place: Eisenhower Park, Uniondale, NY

Check out  Patch.com for a complete list of fireworks:

http://patch.com/new-york/huntington/2016-long-island-fireworks-guide

The Long Island Hot Dog Festival 7/9

Welcome weiner fans, The Long Island Hot Dog Festival takes place on July 9, 2016 at Iron Mike’s Bar and Grill located at 742 Middle Country Road, Selden. Events begin at noon, vendors need to set up by 11am.

Festivities include a Hot Dog Eating Contest, Best Gourmet Dog Contest (calling all Hot Dog Vendors), Gluttony Chug Contest (Chug Nasty Drinks and eat a dog in between – you’re crazy if you join this contest), Worst Tattoo, Best Tattoo, Pin Up Contest, Live Music, vendors and much more.

We’re looking for local vendors, sponsors, bands and contestants to get involved in the next best event on Long Island. This event is brought to you by four innovative local businesses that include two fantastic bars with amazing menu’s and live music: Iron Mike’s Bar and Grill, Rudi’s Bar and Grill along with Long Island’s Premiere Frozen Daiquiri Machine rental company Daiquiri Daddy and the newest social media craze TalesoftheTatt.com.

For more information and to get involved in the island’s most unique and “WEINER-full” all day festival this summer look below. 94.3 FM The Shark will attend and cover the event along with Radio Personality Orlando hosting along with several celebrity guests. Win prizes, get involved and most of all have some fun with us – Drink Responsibly.

Mattituck Street Fair – July 9

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce and the residents of our town want to welcome you to our Old Fashioned Street Fair. There will be food, entertainment and many unique arts and crafts to be sold. Our 39th Annual Mattituck Street Fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th, 2016,  Rain or Shine.

Come down for another great day of shopping, food, and music as we celebrate our 39th year of the Love Lane Street Fair!

Enjoy the adorable Little Ms. and Mr. Mattituck “competition” and crowning.

Don’t forget to enter the Mattituck Chamber Raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses!

All proceeds raised from this event go to local projects in Mattituck including 3 individual Scholarships for our local Graduating Seniors.

Come on down and have a great time!

Under The Sea Dance Party – July 10

Midsummer Eve Garden Party – July 14

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Fill your basket with some food and drinks and enjoy a day outdoors with a good book.

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National Ice Cream Day – July 17

Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

National Tequila Day – July 24

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Celebrate with a cold drink. Get your family and/or friends together for some tequila time! Get the blender out and get creative!

Check out these fun recipes , like the Salty Chihuahua! Enjoy! 🙂

Luckily, Long Island offers a plethora of Mexican Restaurants and bars who can make you some excellent drinks. Either way, another excuse to celebrate.

-Remember you must be 21 to drink and NEVER drink and drive!

 

8th Annual Family Fair Fundraiser – July 23 CMEE Children’s Museum of the East End

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Please join us for our 8th Annual Family Fair Fundraiser: “CMEE Celebrates Heroes” on Saturday, July 23, 2016 held right here at the Museum. From those in comic books to the firefighters, police officers, teachers and other community heroes right here in the East End, we’re recognizing the individuals who make an impact each and every day! From 10:30am-1:30pm, families will enjoy games, crafts, rides, performances, food, and—most importantly—fun!

National Parent’s Day – July 24

TBH, I didn’t even know this was a thing… But I’ll make sure to let my kids in on it and bring Mom and Dad a bottle of wine.

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National Lasagna Day – July 29

Whip out your grandma’s recipe, go out to an Italian restaurant, or even take a cooking class at Cooked to Perfection in East Rockaway! I mean, who doesn’t love a good pasta dish?

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National Cheesecake Day – July 30

Long Island offers some AMAZING cheesecakes. Check out these bakeries for some of the BEST options anywhere!

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Francesco's Italian - American BakeryFrancesco’s Italian – American Bakery
640 S. Broadway (Rt. 107)
Hicksville, NY 11801
Phone: (516) 336-4684
Mr. Bill’s Delight, Inc.
773 N. Welwood Ave. Lindenhurst, NY 11757
(631) 957-8737
Whistle Stop Desserts
3424 Lawson Blvd.
Oceanside, NY 11572

National Parks Month

July really is meant to be spent outdoors. Celebrate National Parks month by spending some time at a Long Island State park! With so many options, Long Island is sure to offer the perfect retreat from the everyday. Between all the landmarks and exhibits, you’ll find this time well spent. Check out the State Parks below and click on them for more information.

Sources: wikipedia, Midnight Kite, wincalendar, giphy

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Maria Greco is a Long Island native and lives on the south shore of LI with her family. She maintains and runs LIFinds.com and is the Digital Media and Design Strategist for Discover Long Island, the official tourism agency for Long Island.

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