The unwelcome predicted arrival of tropical storm Arthur on Friday has disrupted Fourth of July celebrations on Martha’s Vineyard.
Edgartown officials announced Wednesday that the town’s annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration would be moved from Friday to Saturday, July 5. Town administrator Pam Dolby said all parade times and parking requirements remain unchanged.
Edgartown police advise people planning to attend to expect heightened security measures and allow extra time to get to their destination. People should expect traffic delays and road closures beginning at 3 pm and lasting until approximately 11 pm.
For those unable to attend the fireworks, the Chappy ferry webcam, available at mvtimes.com, will be pointed toward the display.
Parking will be prohibited along the parade route beginning at 3 pm sharp. There will be no parking for any vehicles for one block on either side of the parade route. Police said they will tow any vehicle parked on the parade route or within a one-block perimeter, at the owner’s expense.
Bags, coolers, or personal belongings left unattended will be removed immediately by police. The increased security measures were put into effect last year because of concerns following the Boston Marathon bombings.
The parade route will be closed to traffic at 4:15 pm, 45 minutes before the start of the parade.
Public safety officials urge visitors to use public transportation to avoid traffic and parking congestion. Police urge those driving to the event to use the town parking lot off Dark Woods Road, near the triangle business area. Shuttle buses are available to take visitors downtown.
The Vineyard Transit Authority has added extra buses for the parade and fireworks.
For the parade, buses will pick up and drop off at the head of Cannonball Park.
For the fireworks, the bus stop and taxi parking will be located on Church Street, just off Main Street, beginning at 7 pm and lasting until after the show, which begins at dusk on the harbor.
Main Street will be reopened to traffic following the parade, but North Water Street, and the streets adjacent to it, will remain closed to traffic until after the fireworks.
For the parade, handicapped parking is available on Upper Main Street adjacent to Cannonball Park. A police officer located at the intersection of Upper Main Street and Cook Street will be available for assistance. Handicapped parking for the fireworks is available at the Dock Street lot at the foot of Main Street, beginning at 7 pm. Handicapped placards must be visible to officers at the North Main Street and North Water Street intersection.
Edgartown bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until 1:30 am, and must close by 2 am on July 4 and July 5
Police ask everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to an officer, call the police tip line at 774-310-1190, or call 9-1-1 for emergencies.