Despite rainy weather, hundreds of people from across Long Island headed to downtown Port Jefferson July 4 to cheer on their families, friends and neighbors during the annual Port Jefferson Fire Department Independence Day Parade.
Fire departments from both the North Shore and South Shore brought in their fire trucks, ambulances and marching bands all sporting red, white and blue, while local dancers, Cub Scouts and business personnel marched alongside them down Main Street.
And while the weather held up for most of the event, a quick downpour didn’t stop spectators from watching the newest village officials get sworn in.
Port Jefferson village clerk Barbara Sakovich gave the oath on the steps of Village Hall to the village’s newest mayor, Lauren Sheprow, reelected trustee Stan Loucks, newly elected trustee Bob Juliano and newly appointed trustee Drew Biondo.
Sheprow was surrounded at the podium by family, including her grandchildren and father, former village Mayor Harold Sheprow.
“I could not have done this without you,” she said, looking out to him in the crowd.
She also thanked her supporters.
“I look at each one of your faces, and I know you supported this initiative,” she said. “I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”
— Photos by Julianne Mosher