As the end of summer approaches, the Town of Babylon is readying for its yearly Beach Blast at Overlook Beach.

“It is a way to bring the residents together and say goodbye to another great year of surf and beach,” Babylon Town Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez told GreaterBabylon.

The 25th annual event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17. Note: In order to access the event, you must have a Babylon beach pass to enter Overlook Beach.

The Beach Blast, which runs from noon to 10 p.m., is a family-friendly day that features live music, games, an ice cream eating contest, as well as a 30-minute firework show.

According to Martinez, the ice cream eating competition, which is for children up to high schoolers, has become a key portion of the festivities.

“Each year we get some returning champs,” said Martinez. Prizes are given to first, second, and third-place finishes.

The firework extravaganza, which is sponsored by the Babylon IDA, begins at 8:45 p.m.

In addition, there will also be a raffle for a bicycle that was signed by all the wounded warriors who rode in this year’s Soldier Ride in Babylon Town. All proceeds from this will go back to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Check back at GreaterBabylon to see photo coverage from the day.

Top: A firework display photographed by Unsplash’s Jingda Chen.