The Hamptons and Memorial Day go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is the beginning of the summer season that makes the Hamptons such a prime tourist destination. Come see the best of what the most upper-crust "villages" in America have to offer.
When was the last time traveling up to the Hamptons was not just bearable, but actually pleasant and relaxing? Oh, that’s right: never. Well this year, get ready to travel in the style that fits the destination. Skip the crowds on the LIRR and the cramped Jitney and check out Uber’s new Hamptons service. They’ll take you straight from New York to the Hamptons in a private car seating 4-6 people for a flat fee starting at $300. Then the convenience continues with UberSUVs available between Southampton and Montauk for a $50 minimum fare.
Start your Saturday with by pre-gaming your celebrity sightings at Hamptons Magazine’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration. Heidi Klum will be appearing as a special guest and Chris Bachmann will be taking up DJ duties. This is also the spring opening for the Southampton Social Club from Paige Hospitality Group, which is designed to evoke a Prohibition-era gentleman’s social club. Come to Southampton Social Club decked out in your finest for this ultra-chic invite-only occasion.
1Oak Southampton is opening in grand style with a two-day bonanza of parties. First, there will be a “dayclub” party called Rise from 3 to 8pm on Saturday, from Derek and Daniel Koch, the twins behind the Day & Night parties. This will be followed by their official opening night bash, which starts at 11pm on Saturday with Jesse Marco and then starts up again on Sunday with French Montana, with Jus Ske providing the beats. Anyone who’s been to 1Oak’s NYC, Vegas, LA or Mexico City locations knows that light shows, stunn ing décor, and terrific music are all standard operating procedure at their parties. 1Oak is replacing the legendary/infamous South Pointe, which is now best known for being the location of some of Justin Bieber’s least pleasant antics, and will hopefully restore the scene as a hotspot for a higher class of celeb.
Bug Lighthouse is a Hamptons icon, although it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, you can still journey to the lighthouse and get a chance to explore it for yourself. There are narrated tours provided by the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 4pm. You can learn some history, hear some local anecdotes, and spend forty-five minutes exploring and enjoying the stunning vie w from the wrap-around observation deck. This is a lovely way to get some local color, relax and reboot as you get ready for the next party.
Finale, the NYC music venue, is expanding to the Hamptons this summer. Finale East Hampton is having their grand opening party on Sunday at 11pm, and limited discount pre-sale tickets are available now. The party will be DJed by none other than A-Trak, who won the DMC World DJ Championship at 15, worked closely with Kanye for years, and joined up with Armand Van Helden to form Duck Sauce, is an innovator and a living legend. This party promises great music, celebrity spottings all in a gorgeous, brand-new space. What more could you want out of a Sunday night?
Celebrate the men and women who made your three-day weekend – and, you know, your continued freedom and security – possible at the Memorial Day Parade on Monday at 10:30am. It takes over East Hampton Village’s Main Street and then leads to a ceremony on the village green. Howard Loos, a veteran who survived the Battle of the Bulge, will serve as the grand marshal.
What’s Memorial Day Weekend without a BBQ? Break away from the standard hot dog and hamburger with the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box. This product heats up a grill to simulate a real brick oven, which gives you the same delicious taste for your own homemade pizzas, bread and roast meat. These home-grilled pizzas are a unique, luxurious treat. Personal pizzas, handmade by you – a sure-fire way to have the best Memorial Day grill in all the Hamptons.