The tiny waterside hamlet of New Suffolk always brings a party to Independence Day, with a parade through town and festivities at the New Suffolk Beach sponsored by the New Suffolk Civic Association (NSCA), followed by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s recent addition of a boat parade from Buoy #N4 just west of Robins Island into Cutchogue Harbor, led by the Cutchogue Fire Department’s fireboat.

This year’s NSCA parade and celebration featured a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Jim Baker, singing of “God Bless America” by members of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Choir, a celebration of the Spirit of New Suffolk award winners Celsa Schiavoni and Shaquasia Brooks of the New Suffolk Post Office, the Long Island Base of U.S. Submarine Veterans and their model submarine (New Suffolk was the site of the first U.S. Navy submarine base in the country), a parade of classic cars, civic groups, the Cutchogue Fire Department and its band, and the annual firing of a cannon by Joe Polashock.

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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