• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

Annual Labor Day Sand Creation Contest

Mermaid created with sand, shells and seaweed on the beach
Mermaids were the subject of choice among first prize winners at both Watch Hill (above) and Sailors Haven during the 2011 Annual Sand Creation Conest on Fire Island.
 

Fire Island National Seashore holds a sand creation contest every year during Labor Day weekend. The contest is held at both Watch Hill and Sailors Haven. Entry is free and sign-up starts at 10 am. Three hours later the creations are judged by Fire Island staff. At 2 pm, an awards ceremony is held. Mark your calendar and join us annually to put your creativity and building skills into action while celebrating the end of the summer season.

All ages are accommodated through our age-based team system. The age groups consist of 5-7, 8-12, 13-17, Adult and Team (mixed ages). With enough contestants, first, second and third place prizes are given for each age group. Creations are judged based on creativity, effort, originality and detail.

Did You Know?

Two boats side-by-side on the water.

Many boating accidents and drownings are alcohol-related. National Park Service rangers and other officers conduct safe boating checks and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws on the Great South Bay. More...