13th Annual Heritage Day




13th Annual Heritage Day

Sunday, July 3rd, 12 noon to 3pm


Village Lane, Orient, NY



The 13th annual Heritage Day program will start with a parade (including kids and their patriotically-decorated bikes*) down Orient’s Village Lane led by the Grand Marshals; followed by a welcome and invocation at the Old Point Schoolhouse; the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance; “God Bless America” sung by Franklin Mastrangelo; the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Oysterponds stalwarts; All are then invited over to Poquatuck Park for hot dogs, sweet treats**, kids’ games, and music by North Fork favorites The Mudflats.


* We invite kids to festoon their bikes with red, white, and blue and join the parade; they should assemble at 11:30am on Oysterponds Lane, behind the Grand Marshals. Prizes will be awarded!


** We also invite those with a baker’s touch to bring their homemade patriotically-decorated cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats to Poquatuck Park.



The history of Heritage Day:  Oysterponds native-son Augustus Griffin began a tradition of the reading of the Declaration of Independence every July 4th. Many years later, that simple ceremony has grown into Heritage Day—an annual celebration where the community comes together to honor this great country of ours and, especially, Oysterponds.


Sarah Olmstead & Catherine Craig-Chaudhuri, Co-Chairs.




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