As hospital beds across the country filled up and coronavirus cases spiked, some Americans took to celebrating July Fourth like they have in past years: in big outdoor gatherings, maskless and seemingly unbothered by the coronavirus. In Fire Island, a New York beach town popular with gay men and lesbians, images circulated of a crowded beach party, with no masks in sight. Suffolk County, where the island lies, is in Phase 3 of reopening, which permits outdoors gatherings of no more than 25 people. On the Fourth, police said they responded to large groups on the island.
Videos Show Crowded 4th of July Parties Despite COVID-Related Warnings
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Multiple videos spread across social media of gay men partying with nary a mask in sight and little to no social distancing. Many of the videos, which have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times as of this post, were shared to Twitter by journalist Chris Weidner tweet thread below. One partier by the name of Corey Hannon, who decided he was done with COVID on June 30 according to Facebook posts, recorded a video message to others who had called him out for going to Fire Island to party. Fuck Your mask.
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Each summer, the gay vacation destination known as Fire Island Pines plays host to thousands of people, most of them beautiful gay men with sun-kissed skin, gym-toned abs, and double-fisted cocktails. Every Fourth of July, however, the status quo is shaken up with "The Invasion," a yearly tradition that brings a ferryboat full of drag queens to the Fire Island Pines harbor, where they are greeted by throngs of revelers in what has become a joyous, raucous spectacle. The Invasion began as something quite different.