The Edgartown Fourth of July parade started early, if you counted the bumper-to-bumper procession of traffic heading into town as Islanders and visitors attempted to claim a good spot to watch the annual procession.
The parade kicked off at 5 pm from the Edgartown School — thanks to the punctuality of longtime parade marshal Fred “Ted” Morgan — and wound down Main Street and along Pease’s Point Way out to the Harbor View Hotel and then returned.
Retired members of the armed services, vintage cars, and highly decorated floats traveled along the route. Children walking alongside handed out candy while others riding in cars waved flags and patriotic pinwheels.
Camp Jabberwocky decorated a float in honor of the 2012 Olympics, for which they won best float. Some campers dressed as members of the Italian crew team, a few as Chinese gymnasts, and others in their red, white and blue best.
After the parade, many in Edgartown made their way to the Harbor View Hotel where the Sultans of Swing played, drinks were poured, and hamburgers were on the grill.
At approximately 9 pm, fireworks, sponsored by the Edgartown Board of Trade, lit up the night sky over the harbor.
After a brightly colored grand finale of fireworks, folks watching from the Harbor View Hotel — and almost everywhere else along the waterfront — applauded, and then headed home.