As the days become warmer and June comes to a close, both locals and visitors alike are gearing up for America’s Birthday. Many view the 4th of July as the unofficial start to summer, where friends and family come together to celebrate the birth of our country.
The iconic Edgartown 4th of July parade is one of the main events of the summer. The island swells to capacity with the population increasing from a mere 10,000 to over 100,000.
The parade is a longstanding tradition on the island, featuring classic cars decked out in festive garb. The houses lining the parade route are all adorned the finest Americana decor, bring out the patriotic spirit in all who attend.
The festivities begin promptly at 5pm, for your enjoyment it is encouraged that you arrive early to line the parade route with your chairs and blankets. Following the parade, onlookers are invited to the Dr. Daniel Fisher House on Mainstreet for a traditional American BBQ. The BBQ is graciously sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust in conjunction with the town of Edgartown.
After you have had your fill of American staples, you can head down to the water to watch the spectacular firework display. The colors light up the sky dazzling over the glistening water, making onlookers stop to catch their breath at the sheer beauty of it all.
This is one event that you definitely don’t want to miss!
AT A GLANCE:
July 4th schedule for Edgartown:
3 PM Main St, N Water, Fuller, & Morse St closed to parking
4 PM Main St closed to vehicle traffic (Main St opens after parade, N Water from Winter St to lighthouse closed until after fireworks)
5 PM Parade
Fireworks start @ dusk. Handicap parking for fireworks allowed at lot @ Edg yacht club
Have a great day tomorrow at our town’s events! Please be safe & smart, don’t drink or text and drive. More info @ www.edgartown-ma.us
*photo credit: Vineyard Visitor