A Parrot Head party

Locals flock to Jones beach for ‘Buffett Day’


Cloudy skies and rain showers didn’t stop the famed Parrot Heads from heading to Northwell Health at Jones Beach on Aug. 15. 

Jimmy Buffett fans of all ages flocked to the Wantagh concert venue to see him perform live. Although many people traveled far and wide to see the music icon, others simply came to experience Margaritaville and enjoy the good vibes in the beach parking lots.

Joe Giametta, 25, comes to the beach for Buffett’s concert every year. He said it never disappoints.

“The atmosphere is enjoyable and flags are flyin’ high,” said Giametta, a Seaford native. “Even though it’s a little cloudy and there is an overcast, it’s not going to bother anyone who is a true Parrot Head — everyone here is dedicated.”

Like Giametta, hundreds of Hawaiian-shirt-wearing visitors have made the so-calld Buffett pilgrimage an annual tradition. Campers and tents filled Fields 3, 4 and 5 to host elaborate tailgate parties, raise money for charity and enjoy music. Some even went as far as to bring their own tiki bars and inflatable pools.

“The care he has for his fans is incredible,” Giametta added. “It brings communities together and it’s great to see people I haven’t seen in a while.”

Buffett, who is best known for his hits “Come Monday” (1974) and “Margaritaville” (1977), has a large fan-base ranging from the baby boomer era to millennial teens. Most of Buffett’s songs also speak to island life, which is why it’s no surprise Long Islander’s always make the trip to see him perform.

While about a dozen people told the Herald they were opting to drink, eat and listen to the show from the parking lots, others went inside the amphitheater to jam out to relaxing tunes. His most loyal fans even arrived at the tailgate as early as 4 a.m.

Brooke Santoro, 20, of Levittown, said that although it was her first time experiencing Jimmy Buffett live, she knew who the “legend” was long before. 

“It’s such a huge celebration, no matter what age you are,” she said. “So many people are huge fans and will continue to party on, even if it’s raining.”