East Hampton, NY

The Town of East Hampton is located in southeastern Suffolk CountyNew York, at the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island. It is the easternmost town in the state of New York. At the time of the United States 2010 Census, it had a total population of 21,457.

The town includes the village of East Hampton, as well as the hamlets of MontaukAmagansettWainscott, and Springs. It also includes part of the incorporated village of Sag Harbor.

One of the highlights of the summer is East Hampton Fire Department fireworks display at Main Beach, usually held the Saturday night closest to July 4. The fireworks displays have generated controversy since 2005, when they were postponed because they were considered disruptive to the nearby nesting of the endangered piping plover. In 2005, 2007, and 2008 the fireworks were postponed until Labor Day weekend to protect the birds’ nesting season. The village administration has since postponed the fireworks display to Labor Day weekend indefinitely.

A big draw in the summer had also been the shark fishing tournaments in Montauk. Since 2007, the Humane Society and other animal welfare groups have protested that the tournaments are cruel to the sharks, as they are not being caught for food.

Each summer, the Artists and Writers Softball Game, a charity benefit, is held. Past players have included John IrvingNorman MailerKurt VonnegutDustin Hoffman, President Bill Clinton, and singer Paul Simon.

Every October the town hosts the Hamptons International Film Festival, an event screening independent films in several local theaters. It has a fairly large draw from the New York City crowd.

Barefoot Contessa, a Food Network original show, is shot in East Hampton.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Hampton_(town),_New_York