When Washington Post heiress Lally Weymouth sent out emails last week canceling her annual Fourth of July bash at her sprawling home in Southampton, she cast a pall over the entire Hamptons summer social season — the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic.
Weymouth, a socialite and the paper’s senior associate editor, throws the Hamptons event that unites hundreds of politicians, financiers and socialites over fried chicken, cornbread, champagne and American flag cookies to celebrate both her July 3 birthday and the Independence Day holiday.
“Lally throws the big power party,” said a regular attendee who did not want to be identified. “It was always a summer highpoint in the Hamptons because it’s always the big players who attend and it’s completely bipartisan.”
Two years ago, First Daughter Ivanka Trump danced with Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, and guests included former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
The Watermill Center, which hosts one of the art world’s most swanky Hamptons fundraisers, has also canceled what would have been its 27th annual gala dinner and auction this year amid coronavirus fears.
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