There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with family and friends on Martha’s Vineyard. Here’s a look at a few of the festivities that will be offered. Islanders can start their Independence Day with an early-morning run in Vineyard Haven before heading to Edgartown to chow down on hot dogs and hamburgers while getting a glimpse of the annual parade. The day will finish with a bang when fireworks illuminate the Edgartown Harbor sky, but the celebrations don’t end there — check the event listings for other happenings that will take place throughout the weekend.
Friday, July 3
Fifth annual Stars and Stripes Festival 7 pm, Flatbread Co., Edgartown. Performers include Walk the Moon, ASTR, Alex Winston, and Santah. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 21-plus.
Saturday, July 4
Murdick’s Fudge 5-Mile Run the Chop 8:30 am, fun run for kids 12 and under; 9 am, the classic 5-mile Run the Chop. Starts at Tisbury School. Annual race benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard. murdicks.com/runthechop.
Renaissance House’s 15th annual reading of “What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?” 12 to 4 pm, Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs. People of all ages, races, and backgrounds are asked to participate in the reading of Frederick Douglass’ historic 1852 speech. The reading is followed by a free potluck lunch.
Fourth of July Barbecue 4 to 8 pm, Dr. Daniel Fisher House lawn, Edgartown. Enjoy burgers and hot dogs outside during and after the parade. Fella Caters offers you a classic American cookout. Bring the family, spread out your blanket, and relax and enjoy a great meal while waiting for the parade to start. Free marching-band concerts in the Old Whaling Church before and after the parade. Food is sold and served à la carte, and tickets are not needed to attend. Hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.
Fourth of July Parade 5 pm, Edgartown. Annual parade begins at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, and travels Main Street and side streets. Hosted by the Town of Edgartown. (Interested in participating in the parade? There’s still time. Register with the Selectmen’s Office by 2 pm on July 3 by calling 508-627-6180.)
Family Dance-O-Rama 5:30 pm, Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown. Dance your flags off before the fireworks at the Island’s most insanely fun all-age dance party. Free admission.
Fourth of July Fireworks 9 pm, Edgartown Harbor. Annual fireworks display hosted by the Town of Edgartown. Arrive early to claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any waterfront location for a spectacular view. Display begins at dusk. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, July 5
MV Sharks Baseball Game 7 pm, Shark Tank, MV Regional High School, Oak Bluffs. MV Sharks collegiate baseball team plays Worcester Bravehearts. $6; $4 children; $5 seniors; special packages available. mvsharks.com.