Are you heading to the Hamptons for the 4th of July? We have your three-day itinerary ready and waiting for you.
Here’s hoping your boss is giving you a multiple-day holiday—but if you’re stuck commuting to the Hamptons late at night on the day before the “weekend,” that’s ok, too. Check out the centrally located Bridgehampton Inn, originally built in 1795. The inn’s restaurant serves breakfast and dinner 7 days a week, as well as a bar menu boasting bartender Kyle Fengler’s inventive libations.
Read more about Bridgehampton Inn’s amazing cocktail program here.
Check in, grab a snack and a drink, and head to Almond for an ever-reliable meal in the hands of Chef Jason Weiner. Every Wednesday is “fish and chips” night, a rotating interpretation of that theme. But if fish isn’t your bag, Almond is also committed to displaying the best vegetables around. After dinner, if you’re still not in the mood for bed, sidle up to the steakhouse classic bar at Bobby Van’s for a martini (or two, if you can handle it).
Read more about Almond in our archives here.
Because of the nature of the holiday, accommodations may well be hard to come by—but there are plenty of AirBnB reservations available, if your first attempts fail. Staying in Bridgehampton affords the opportunity to easily travel to the other hamlets, but there are plenty of great homes to the west and east!
Rise and Dine
Indulge in lemon ricotta pancakes at the neighboring Topping Rose House before hitting up the beach. Or eggs benedict. Or the chicken confit hash. It’s a holiday; why not try them all?
Next up: lunch for the road. Bridgehampton’s L&W Market, from the owners of Almond. There are plenty of picnic-y sandwiches that will travel well, as well as a bakery case full of fresh items that are a must for that, ahem, summer body. The inexpensive lobster roll, served on a perfect top-split hot dog bun, is all anyone ever needed for a day at the beach.
Read more about L&W in our archives here.
Speaking of the beach… Don’t have a parking pass? It doesn’t matter at Sagaponack’s Sagg Main Beach, where you can pay by the day. This sandy, oceanside beach is one of the Hamptons’ most beautiful.
Evening in the Shade
Get ready to head east. After a quick rinse off, drive toward Montauk for an evening at The End. But don’t forget to stop at Amagansett’s new hotspot, Coche Comedor, for exceptional frozen margaritas (splurge for the liqueur floaters, because you’re worth it). Montauk is one of the few towns hosting fireworks on the actual Fourth each year, with a superb beach view of the show. You won’t want to miss it.
Read more about Coche Comedor’s opening here.
Since you’re heading out east, stop at The Crow’s Nest for a sundowner by the water. You can order oysters while you’re there, for a snack, as well as a chilly glass of frothy Lambrusco.
For dinner, head over to West Lake Drive for a visit to the West Lake Fish House. Great things about the Fish House include: impossibly fresh seafood, impossibly large piña coladas, and an impossibly casual waterfront vibe. If dinner hasn’t sated you—or even if it has—hop over to Il Forno, which is practically next door, at the new Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina, where you can grab a superlative pizza to take with you for the fireworks.
Read more about chef Jeremy Blutstein’s new restaurant, Showfish, at Gurney’s Star Island here.
A little after 9, the fireworks begin on the beach. People come from all over, setting up bonfires in the sand for as far as the eye can see. The display, right over the ocean, is nothing short of breathtaking.
Before You Go
Don’t leave the Hamptons on an empty stomach, especially if you’re facing westbound traffic! You need a lobster roll for the road. On your way out, stop on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation for lobster rolls at the Shinnecock Lobster Factory, where rolls come in three sizes: guppy (4 oz.), shark (6 oz.), and whale (8 oz.). The take-out restaurant makes six different types of roll, ranging from the classic mayo version to the “Shinnecock”—fresh herbs, watercress, and olive oil. In lieu of French fries, grab yourself a somewhat gratuitous order of lobster fritters, battered and deep-fried lobster bites served with a citrus aioli.
Read our definitive guide to lobster rolls on Long Island here.