Town of Islip 335th Birthday Celebration

On November 29th, 1683, William Nicoll became the first patentee of Islip when he purchased land from Sachem (Chief) Winnequaheagh of Connetquot. He named his 50,000-acre plantation Islip Grange, in honor of the town from which he emigrated: Islip, England. The original settlement encompassed Bayport, Bohemia, Brentwood, Central Islip, East Islip, Great River, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Holtsville, Islip Terrace, Oakdale, Sayville, West Sayville, and part of Ronkonkoma.

Today, 335 years later, Islip has grown into the 3rd largest town in the State of New York, providing more than 330,000 residents with a beautiful place to live, work and play. As our Town approaches maturity, Islip remains a varied, beautiful town where industry and community thrive. It features: ocean beaches, sparkling bays, a beautiful lake, vistas of forest fields, canals and ponds, historic villages, innumerable architectural treasures and its very own airport.

The Town of Islip has a long and rich heritage, from its roots as a a seaside community, to its history as Long Island’s original Gold Coast. Join us for the remainder of 2018 and throughout 2019, as Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and the Islip Town Board celebrate this rich heritage, and commemorate 335 years of history, growth and development.

Special Events

For the remainder of the 2018 and throughout 2019, special events will be hosted in various Town locations to commemorate the Town's 335th year. Please refer to the list below, and check back often for updates.

  • November 29th, 2018 – 335th Birthday Kick-off Celebration & Cupola Lighting

  • Join in the celebration as we kick-off our 335th year with birthday cake, and the lighting of the Town Hall cupola in Town colors. Festivities will begin at 4pm, outside of Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street, Islip. View Calendar.

  • June 8th, 2019 – Living History Day at the Islip Grange

  • Come be a part of the living history of Islip Town, as we celebrate our rich legacy and heritage as part of the ongoing 335th Town of Islip Birthday celebrations. Festivities will begin at 10:00am at the Islip Grange and will include historic tours, games, acitivites, food trucks and ancestry look-up.
    View Calendar.

  • August 29th, 2019 – FREE Family Fun Day at Roberto Clemente Park

  • Check back soon for more details.

Selfie Contest

A Large image of a back of a smartphone announcing the Town of Islip Selfie Art Contest, where residents can draw, paint or write about their favorite spot in a town of Islip park, then take a selfi of themselves in that spot, with winners having their masterpieces displayed in the Town Hall Rotunda

Islip residents, show off your Town spirit in the Town Selfie Contest!

Draw, paint or write about your favorite Town of Islip park location, then send us a selfie of you and your masterpiece in front of that location. Email your selfie to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and remember to inclue your age, name, address and phone number. Winners will have their art displayed in the Rotunda within Town Hall and will be chosen from the following age groups: 3–7, 8–12, 13–18, 19–59, 60+.

For more information and official entry rules, visit

Historic Highlights

Commemorate our Town's 335th year by exploring some of the rich history Islip has to offer. Click any of the thumbnail images below to view each document in greater detail.

To learn more about the Town of Islip and its history, visit our Tourism and History page.

Check back soon for additional updates and information.

A Banner image with the Blue and Orange Town of Islip Seal with a 335 birthday ribbon across it, asking all to join in the year-long celebration

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