Freeport is a village in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, USA, on the South Shore of Long Island. The population was 43,713at the 2010 census. A settlement since the 1640s, it was once anoystering community and later a resort popular with the New York City theater community. It is now primarily a bedroom suburb but retains a modest commercial waterfront and some light industry. Freeport has its own municipal electric utility, and police, fire, and water departments. Freeport is also New York State's second-biggest village and has a station on the Long Island Rail Road.
The south part of the village is penetrated by several canals that allow access to the Atlantic Ocean by means of passage throughsalt marshes. The oldest canal is the late 19th-century Woodcleft Canal. Freeport has extensive small-boat facilities and a resident fishing fleet, as well as charter and open water fishing boats.