It’s never too early to get the party started.
Take the William Floyd Community Summit, for instance: Next month, they’re kicking off America’s 250th birthday — even though it’s still five years away.
On Saturday, June 5, the group will host Tri-Hamlet Day Celebration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the William Floyd Estate, located at 245 Park Drive in Mastic Beach. The festive event will feature live music, informative speeches and guided tours of the grounds.
“We want to bring awareness to the community that the William Floyd Estate is the most important historical place we have in our community, as well as in Suffolk County,” said Beth Wahl, president of the summit.
“This is the only existing estate of a signer of the Declaration of Independence in the state of New York,” she added.
Congress has already established the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to work with public and private entities across the country to plan a broad array of events to celebrate “America 250.”
Wahl and her colleagues on the summit want to keep the William Floyd Estate on the commission’s radar.
“We want to make sure William Floyd Estate gets the recognition it deserves,” Wahl said. “Hosting this type of event will get William Floyd Estate the recognition it deserves.”
About the William Floyd Estate
William Floyd was 20 when he inherited the 4,400-acre estate in 1755. At 41 and as a member of the Second Continental Congress, Floyd was the first New York delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.
Following the Revolutionary War, Floyd moved back to Mastic. He enlarged the existing home, where he come to entertain Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other leaders of the newly formed United States.
For more information on the Tri-Hamlet Day Celebration, call 631.525.3336.